Lendell Faye Benson Ellis

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Lendell Faye Benson Ellis passed away on Sunday, June 26, 2016 surrounded by her children at her home in Yukon, OK. Mother, Grandmother, Educator, Farmer, World Traveler, Friend and Mentor of Many. Lendell was born in Wichita Falls, TX on February 6, 1943 to the parents of William Nelson “Happy” Benson and Juanita Benson Johnson. She graduated from Walters High School in 1961 and then attended Oklahoma State University, Cameron University and Central State University for her Undergraduate degree in Education and later Central State University for her Masters degree in Reading and Southwestern University for her Masters degree in Elementary Counseling. Lendell loved learning which allowed her to experience a variety of schools – she was an elementary teacher in Lawton and Spencer, plus an elementary teacher and counselor at Meyer’s Elementary in Yukon from 1977 to 2003. As an educator, she was privileged to have taught and influenced many. She also volunteered at multiple community organizations. Lendell married Don Ellis on November 25, 1965 and initially resided in Spencer, OK where they gave birth to Kristin D’Len Ellis in 1968 and Justin Scott Ellis in 1971. The family moved to Yukon in 1976. Lendell was preceded in death by both her parents and husband. She is survived by her favorite daughter Kristin Ellis (Kilpatrick) Lipe and husband Rodney Lipe of Oklahoma City, OK, favorite son Justin Ellis and wife Mary and her beloved grandchildren Drake, Parker and Nora Ellis of Nichols Hills, OK, her sister Brenda Jewell, brother Brent Johnson, sister Barbara Johnson and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Lendell was best known as LaLa to many. She lived a full life including traveling the world with family and friends. She loved to learn and experience new things, but she also loved to teach children the skills they needed to become successful adults. Lendell was also a rancher/farmer who owned and operated a ranch in Southwestern Oklahoma. A Celebration of Life will be held at Walnut Creek Chapel, 7840 NW 122nd Street, Oklahoma City, OK on Wednesday, June 29 at 4:00 pm. In lieu of flowers the family request memorial donations be made in Memory of Lendell Ellis, YPSFE, P.O. Box 850295, Yukon, OK 73085 or www.ypsfe.org. Online condolences may be signed at www.yandafuneral.com.
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