OBITUARY

Helen Elizabeth (Hipner) Ellis

March 29, 1931July 4, 2019
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Helen Elizabeth (Hipner) Ellis of Selah passed away July 4th 2019 at Landmark Care facility. She was born on March 29th 1931 at St Elizabeth hospital in Yakima to Jacob & Eugenia (Euteneier) Hipner of Wiley City, WA.

Our loving “Nana”, “Granny”, “Aunt Helen” was at her best when she worked in her garden raising the most beautiful flowers; she always said “this is my therapy”. She was always crocheting beautiful Afghans and Barbie clothes for many of her friends and family members.

She was married to Dean Ellis for 35 years. Dean and Helen owned and operated the Ahtanum Service Station which was located next door to their home. She worked in many warehouses over the years, such as Sundquist, Gilberts, Carlsons and Haas. During this time she most enjoyed working with the girls, having lunch and getting together on a Saturday with their spouses to go dancing. She was active in the Lupine Flower Club and the Ahtanum 4-H Club running their snow cone booth in her earlier years. She loved all of her family very much, always willing to care for everyone. She raised her niece Diane as her own until Diane passed unexpectedly in 1983. When Helens mother passed away she raised her two younger sisters Shirley and Carol. For the last 24 years of her life she was a second mom to Alex and Olivia, children of her nephew Dean (Melissa) Wilson of Selah. She was thankful she was able to see her nephew Darrel (Tracy) Hipner from Ohio one last time before she passed.

She was preceded in death by her parents Jacob and Eugenia Hipner, Sisters Madeline Carlson and Barbara Green, Brothers John, Chris, Andy, Joe, Jacob and William Hipner and several nieces and nephews.

She is survived by her sisters Carol Wilhelm of Yakima and Shirley Rowe of Fredericksburg VA. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Landmark Care and Karen and Sandy of Memorial Hospice.

Visitation will be Friday, July 12th, 2019 at Keith & Keith Funeral Home from 4:00pm -8:00pm. A graveside service will be held Saturday, July 13th at West Hills Cemetery at 10:00am.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.keithandkeith.com

  • FAMILY

  • Helen was preceded in death by her parents Jacob and Eugenia Hipner, Sisters Madeline Carlson and Barbara Green, Brothers John, Chris, Andy, Joe, Jacob and William Hipner and several nieces and nephews.

    She is survived by her sisters Carol Wilhelm of Yakima and Shirley Rowe of Fredericksburg VA. For the last 24 years of her life she was a second mom to Alex and Olivia, children of her nephew Dean (Melissa) Wilson of Selah. She was thankful she was able to see her nephew Darrel (Tracy) Hipner from Ohio one last time before she passed. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, July 12, 2019
  • Graveside Service Saturday, July 13, 2019

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Helen Elizabeth (Hipner) Ellis

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Kevin Beckstrom

July 11, 2019

Oh Aunt Helen,

Although I am married into the family, I always had a connection with Aunt Helen. I loved how she was “blunt, and to the point”, no reason to wonder what she was thinking. She was a firecracker, and I truly enjoyed Genia and my vidid with her.

RIP Aunt Helen,

Enjoy your Heavenly Reunion

Kimberlee Greenslade

July 10, 2019

My memories of my great aunt helen.....here are some when I was a child we would drive by her house and she would be working in her garden with her behind sticking up I'm the air we got a kick out of it. She loved her flowers she loved working outside. I worked in warehouses with her she was very feisty and told you how it was she was lots of fun. My newest memories of my great aunt was me and my mom would take her to the Casino win or lose she had fun. Im gonna miss her alot.Kimberlee greenslade

Kimberlee Greenslade

July 10, 2019

My memories of my great aunt helen Here are some...

When I was a kid we would drive past her house and she would be out in her garden with her behind sticking up in the air we would say that's my aunt! She loved her garden and her flowers she loved the outside.

Morgan Greenslade

July 6, 2019

Oh feisty aunt Helen!

I have so many great memories of growing up with you in my life, coming with my grandma Karen or my aunt Wendy to your house! I loved all the memories I had with you! Thanks for all the little dolls you gave me! I will cherish those forever!
I love you & you’ll be very missed by many!
Give grandma Madeleine a “bink” for me!!
& Tell aunt Wendy I love her and miss her all the time!!!

Heaven gained another AMAZING angel!!!

Love,
Your great-great niece
Morgan Greenslade

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