Lea Mae (Walker) Ellis passed away peacefully in her sleep at the age of 86 in Moab, Utah, on April 30, 2011 after a long illness. She was met in heaven by her parents and eight siblings. Mom was born on April 26, 1925 to Don Carlos and Pearl Susan Walker in Durango, Colo. She was raised in Red Mesa, Colo.
Lea married Doyle Zufelt and they moved to Bluff, Utah. Three children were born to this union, which ended in divorce. She later married Dick Butt and they had two children together, later divorcing. Mom then married Ray Ellis and moved to Moab, Utah. Lea and Ray had one child together and later divorced. Lea was a member of the LDS Church.
Lea is survived by her six children: Linda (Loyde) Strickland of Bluffdale, Utah, Bob (Sherie) Zufelt of Moab, Utah; Susan (Scott) Johnston of Moab, Utah, Gary Blake of Moab, Utah, Dixie (Lloyd) Madsen of Spanish Fork, Utah, and Kenny Ellis of Moab, Utah; 22 grandchildren; 53 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, six brothers, two sisters, one grandson, two great-granddaughters, and a daughter-in-law.
A viewing will be held at Kimmerle-Hefner Funeral Home on Thursday, May 5, from 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the 400 North LDS Chapel on Friday, May 6, at 10 a.m. There will be a short viewing at the church one hour prior to the services.
The family would like to give special thanks to the Canyonlands Care Center for their loving care of our mother during her stay there. Interment will be at the Sunset Memorial Cemetery.