Mary Frances Ellis

April 21, 1910July 19, 2011

Long time resident of Castle Hills, Mary Frances Ellis died July 19, 2011. Born April 21, 1910, she was 101 years old. She was born to Dr. Joseph Erwin Walker and May Bender walker in Earlsbera, Oklahoma where her father first practiced medicine. The family moved to Shawnee, Oklahoma when she was a small child. She graduated from Oklahoma University in 1931. She was a member of Chi Omega sorority. Mrs. Ellis taught math and science at Shawnee Junior School for 5 years. She was married to Clay Donald Ellis in 1935. In 1941, the U. S. Air Force called him for duty. Life as an Air Force wife began. While her husband was stationed in Japan she became interested in Ikeliana, the art of Japanese flower arranging. She studied there and in the states. In Baltimore, Maryland, she was in the Girl Scouts of America as a troop leader. She was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Clay D. Ellis; sister, Sue Denson and brother, Erwin Walker. She is survived by her daughter, Molly Ross of San Antonio; Nimrod Denson of Opilako, AL and 3 nieces and nephews. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday July 28, 2011 at 12:00pm at Sunset Funeral Home, 1701 Austin Highway, San Antonio, TX 78218. Interment will follow at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. You are invited to sign the guestbook at


  • Visitation Thursday, July 28, 2011
  • Funeral Service Thursday, July 28, 2011

Mary Frances Ellis

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Nancy Pillet

July 28, 2011

It was an honor and a privilege to have Mary Frances in my life. She was quite a lady, and an "honorary grandmother" to me. I will never forget the things we shared.

Sandra Martin

July 24, 2011

Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.