CHARLESTON -- Margaret Loiselle Fisher Ellis, 89, died at 2:45 a.m. Nov. 3, 2007, at the Charleston Manor.
Born Jan. 20, 1918, in Cape Girardeau, to the late Earnest G. and Chloe Alice Kassel Fisher, she was a 1935 graduate of Cape Central High School. After she was married, she moved to Charleston where she was a member of the First Baptist Church, a past member of the adult choir and taught vacation Bible school and Sunday school classes for many years. A charter member and fourth president of the Junior Study Club, she served as Scout Cabin chairman and Style Show chairman. She was active in the Girl Scout Program for many years where she served as Cub Scout den mother. She was a Girl Scout adult leader, serving as counselor at Camp Latonka for years. She was the recipient of the Girl Scout District Award in 1968. A charter member and board member of the Mississippi County Historical Society, she was active in the local chapter of the American Cancer Society and had been employed as a kindergarten teacher's aide in the Charleston R-1 school system for many years. She was honored as the BPWC Charleston's Woman of the Year in 1967. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, a member of Eastern Star, and was a volunteer worker for many organizations. She was a member of the Gray Lady organization and worked at the Sikeston hospital and the nursing home in Charleston. She was also an officer in the Kingshighway Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
On Feb. 1, 1936, she married Joe E. Ellis Jr., who preceded her in death on Oct. 25, 1988.
She was also preceded in death by: one grandson, Kevin Ellis Brown; one brother, Elwood Fisher; and one sister, Lawana Walters.
Survivors include: one son, Joe E. "Mike" Ellis III of Charleston; two daughters and sons-in-law, Dick W. Brown and Chloe Karen Ellis and Rick and Deidre Fisher Ellis Reed, all of Charleston; one daughter-in-law, Loretta Ellis of Charleston; one half brother, Bob Fisher of Fort Smith, Ark.; and four grandsons.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at McMikle Funeral Home in Charleston.
Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church in Charleston. The Rev. Michael Brewer will officiate, and a eulogy will be offered by Julia Cooper Warren.
Burial will follow in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be: Chris Brown, Dee Brown, Tres Reed, Joe Reed, Don Walters and Joe Forrest.
Memorial contributions may be made to:
The Music Fund First Baptist Church 301 S. Main St. Charleston, MO 63834