Dolores Joan Ellis

January 2, 1934 ~ March 28, 2013

Dolores J. (Battest) Ellis, 79, Sioux Falls, died Thursday, March 28, 2013, at the Bethany Home of Sioux Falls.

Memorial Services are set for 11:00AM, Friday, April 5, 2013, at the Thelen Funeral Chapel in Redfield, with inurnment following at the Frankfort Mt. Hope Cemetery. A reception will follow at the Frankfort Community Hall.

Dolores Joan Battest was born January 2, 1934 in Doland, SD to William and Louise (Meyer) Battest and was the youngest of ten children. She attended and graduated from the South Dakota School for the Deaf. It was there that she met Raymond C. Ellis. They were married in 1955 and had five children; David, Gordon, Sandy, Paula, and Bernie.

Dolores loved to play cards and Bingo. She made many friends and was very active through the SD Association for the Deaf. She enjoyed traveling and socializing with her friends.

Dolores is survived by her five children, David (Joan) Ellis, Sioux Falls, Gordon Ellis, Grandview, MO, Sandy (Bob) Piedmonte, Buckner, MO, Paula (Tom) Couch, Independence, MO, and Bernie Ellis, Blue Springs, MO; thirteen grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and four brothers, Lloyd (Dee) Battest, Harold Battest, Richard (Alice) Battest, and Norman (Janice) Battest.

She was preceded in death by her parents, six brothers and sisters; Bernell, Robert, Ray, and Denise Battest, Betty Young and Don Carter.

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  • Larry Puthoff says:

    To the family of Delores Ellis,
    My sincere sympathy on Delores’ death. May she rst in peace.
    Larry Puthoff
    Sioux Falls, SD

  • Dave Otteman says:

    To David, Sandy, Gordon, Paula, Bernie, families and love ones.
    It has been years since I have seen any of you. I remember some fun times when we were much younger many years ago. Your mother which I will always remember her smile, a warm heart and a very caring person. Recently I was visiting a friend at Bethany and happen to run into your Mother on the way to the friends room. I was surprised to see her not knowing she was there too. She asked me if I knew her and I said yes you are Dolores Ellis. We hugged! I dont remember the last time I saw her but we were so excited to see me each other, we talked for a long time, she told me how proud she was of all her children, grand children and great grand children. I sure loss track of all of you. I am truly sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. My thoughts, heart and prayers go out to all of you during this difficult time. She will be remembered in many ways.
    My deepest sympathy.
    Dave Otteman

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