Ethel Ellison (nee Tasker) age 89 a 62-year resident of Royal Oak died January 18 2012 at her home surrounded by her children. She was born May 27 1922 in Winnipeg Manitoba Canada to the late John Tristan and Edith Dorothy Tasker. Mrs. Ellison was a 1939 graduate of Northern High School in Detroit. She was a volunteer at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. She was a member of the Wapiti-Elks BPOE #1523 and of the Altar Guild Episcopal Churches. She is survived by her children Judith Ellison of Royal Oak Jacqueline Ethel (Les) Beecher of Madison Wis. Patricia (David) Byrne of Crystal River Fla. Diane (Bruce) Habel of Houston Texas Mayor Jim (Jodie) Ellison of Royal Oak and David (Joan) Ellison of Olympia Wash.; siblings Grace Pank of Clawson and Bob Tasker of Royal Oak; 17 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband James Arthur Ellison on January 13 2008; the couple married August 2 1941 at the National Shrine of the Little Flower in Royal Oak; brothers Louis Norman John and Edward Tasker; and sister Marjorie Buckberry. The visitation will be Friday 2-8 p.m. at the Wm. Sullivan & Son Funeral Home 705 W Eleven Mile Road (4 blocks E of Woodward) Royal Oak. Mrs. Ellison will lie in state Saturday 9 a.m. until the time of service 10 a.m. at St. David's Episcopal Church 16200 W. 12 Mile Road Southfield with the Rev. Chris Yaw officiating. The burial will take place at Oakview Cemetery in Royal Oak. Memorials to the South Oakland Boys and Girls Club appreciated. Share your memories at www.sullivanfuneraldirectors.com.
Published in Daily Tribune on January 20 2012.
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