LeNae L. Ellison

LeNae Louise Ellison, 74, of Bowman, North Dakota, passed away on Thursday, September 5, 2013 at Southwest Healthcare Hospital after a three year courageous battle with cancer. A family Service was Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Ludlow, South Dakota. Funeral services were at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 7th, at the Bowman Lutheran Church, Pastor Susan Fox officiated. Burial was at Hettinger Cemetery, Hettinger, N.D., after a celebration of fellowship with family and friends.
LeNae was born in Custer, South Dakota to Howard and Ethel Bell Carroll. She was the sixth child out of eleven. At the age of one, the family moved to Central Florida because of Howard’s health issues. At the age of 6 they moved to Scranton, North Dakota. There was an open adoption at the age of 9, along with brother Tom, to Eugene and Irene Reimer from Scranton N.D. She attended Scranton school and later in life received her GED, which she was very proud of. On August 4th, 1957 she married Mitchel Ellison of Lemmon, South Dakota. They were blessed with six children.
LeNae spent 20 years on the family farm north of Thunder Hawk, South Dakota. LeNae enjoyed raising her children on the farm and especially enjoyed school activities and neighborhood gatherings. In 1977 they purchased Kuilman’s Motel in Lemmon S.D. She also worked at the local grocery store, owned the Upholstery Recovery Room with her brother, Tom & his wife, Karen Reimer. She worked at the Live Center in Lemmon S.D. for many years. She also owned and operated the Serenity Inn. In 2002 she moved to Bowman ND working at Southwest Health Care Services Nursing Home as a CNA, where she thoroughly enjoyed helping the residents. Due to health reasons she retired in 2011.
In 2010 LeNae’s family hosted a Carroll family reunion in the Black Hills. It warmed her heart to have all her siblings and families together to reminisce about childhood days.
LeNae was very proud of her children and grandchildren. She treasured many memories and cherished moments with all twenty two grandchildren, who were all in attendance. She is survived by her six children; Carlie Ellison (Paulette) Bison, S.D.; Julie Lockert (Tom) Bowman, N.D.; Becky Brooks (Ryan), Bowman, N.D.; Jeff Ellison (Susie) Lemmon, S.D.; Shelly Krisle (Troy) St. Cloud, FL; Lynnette Stugelmeyer (Troy), Buffalo, S.D. Grandchildren: Nevada, Cody, CJ, Bailey Ellison, Macee (Geoff) Wilber, Erik (Melinda) Hulm; Seth, Stephanie Lockert, Shelby (Randy) McGonigal; Sasha (Lucas) Dusek, Alicia, Carter, Mariah Brooks; Samantha Ellison; Tray, Madison, Tyler, Tanner, Tate Krisle; Laeken, Sierra, Chase Stugelmeyer. Great grandchildren: Brody and Piper Ellison, Amiyah McGonigal and Jenna Brooks. Surviving siblings; Betty Betts, Fromberg, MT; Frank Carroll, Helena, MT; Lewis Carroll, Garrison, MT; Jerry Teigen, Waverly, IA; George Teigen, Billings, MT; Dorothy Free, Phoenix, AZ; Roxann Barringer, Gilead, AZ. LeNae was preceded in death by her parents, Howard & Ethel Carroll and Eugene & Irene Reimer; infant sister, Helen, brother, Tom and sister Caroline.