She graduated from high school at the age of 16 and took a year of business correspondence classes.
Ellen married John William (Bill) Brock in 1943 and they had three children. They later divorced and she married Ray Alger in Moab, Utah, in 1960.
Ellen had a long and satisfying career. She worked at the Employment Center in Montrose, and was Montrose City Clerk prior to moving to Moab. She went to work for Moab Broadcasting & Television Corporation in its infancy, and she and a business partner, Forrest Simpson, started the KURA radio station in Moab. When they sold the radio station, she worked for the National Park Service for a couple of years as secretary to Bates Wilson, at the time when Canyonlands National Park came into being. She later worked with her husband Ray, helping him run his electrical contracting business, A & E Electric, from which they both retired.
Ellen and Ray enjoyed their retirement years, spending time traveling, and following the race circuit with their quarter horses. They were also active in family life with the kids and grandkids.
Ellen is survived by her husband, Leo Ray Alger; daughter, Kathleen “Katie” Hanway (Murray) of Moab, Utah; daughter, Bonnie (Ray) Walker of Sandy, Utah; and her brother, Roy M. Cairns of Montrose, Colo. Also surviving are nine grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her son, James B. Brock of Sandy Utah; and three brothers, Robert, Bert and Ralph Cairns.
Services were held at the Community Church, 544 MiVida Drive in Moab, on Tuesday, April 1 at 11:00. A viewing was held Monday, March 31 at Spanish Valley Mortuary in Moab.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.SpanishValleyMortuary.com.