Ellis Elliott

July 25, 1957 ~ December 20, 2021

Born in: Port Arthur, Texas
Resided in: Arlington, Texas

On Monday, December 20, 2021, Ellis Ann Elliott, loving wife and mother of two children, passed away in Dallas at the age of 64. She was born in 1957 in Port Arthur, Texas to Joe and Norma Faye Scaff and was the middle child, with siblings, Jodene Daniels and Kyle Scaff. Ellis got her Bachelor of Education from Stephen F Austin and Master’s Degree from UT Austin.

Soon after graduation, she married Samuel Holmes Elliott, Jr. and they moved to Arlington, Tx. She accepted a Special Education Position and taught for seven years, until she had her first child, Andrew. She remained a “stay at home mom” until her second son, Trevor, was able to go off to elementary school. She was not a woman of leisure, as she cared for several of her friend’s children, while they worked.

Ellis’ passions were teaching, children and nature and she found her dream job: Preschool Nature School Teacher at River Legacy Foundation. For twenty five years, she taught the children of DFW the what’s and why’s of the forests, trails and animals of the park. Before her illness forced her to retire, she was the longest tenured employee of the foundation. “Miss Ellis” was synonymous with Nature School.

Joe and Norma precede her. She is survived by her adoring Mother in Law, Helen Elliott, who made it clear early in her marriage, in the case of divorce, she was on “Team Ellis”. Sam, Andrew and Trevor were able to be in her hospital room when she went to join her Heavenly Father. Jodene and Kyle (with wife Joanie), along with their families, live in Houston. Ellis adored her nieces and nephews: Tracie, Taryn, Thomas and Luke. She loved her cousins: Annette Gray, Della and Duane DeRouen, Paula Runte, Richard Runde, Jimmy, Shawn and Tim Maloney and Molly Bergeron.

A celebration of her life will be at First United Methodist of Arlington on Saturday, January 8, 2022 at 10:30. Information on live streaming will be released on Sam’s Facebook page. In lieu of flowers, prayerfully consider a donation to River Legacy Foundation or the American Cancer Society.

Services

Memorial Service: Saturday, January 8, 2022 10:30 am

First United Methodist Church - Arlington
313 N Center
Arlington, TX

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  1. Ellis was such calm sweet loving cousin. A joy to share time with. I treasure the beach memories. Sam, Andrew and Trevor our love and prayers are with you.
    From all your Louisiana cousins.

  2. Ellis was such an influence in my life as my cool older cousin by 3 years. She was a favorite niece to my Mom and Dad and they even claimed they taught her to walk while babysitting. My mom always commented on her natural beauty and it made me a little jealous. She was my partner in crime in family beach trip planning. We managed to get our families together almost every summer of our lives and our boys grew up together there. We were always in search of the perfect beach house. I believe we found it last summer when we decided to try Port Aransas. I’m so glad she was able to attend (at the last minute!). I will remember her on the beach, on her beach chair she had for years and years and was so proud of, telling stories that I could repeat word for word. She has left a hole in my heart but I know the Edgerly sisters (her Mom, my Mom, Aunt JoAnn and Aunt Nell) are thrilled to have her with them. I’m sure I’m not even yet aware of how much I will miss her.

  3. Ellis was especially kind and supportive when Bridget passed. That was just her nature to be a person who cared so much about others. God must be wanting to sprinkle some magic in heaven and on earth, Ellis will do that!

  4. When my husband and I moved into our first real house we were lucky enough to be one door down from Ellis and Sam. She was the first person in the neighborhood to come over and introduce herself. We were instantly friends. Her two sons were the same age as my two daughters and we watched our children, along with other neighborhood kids play outside all the time. I was thrilled later in life when she and Sam joined our Sunday School class. Ellis was a natural born teacher and her lessons were always full of insight and much thought no matter what the topic was. I had the chance to visit with her several times during her illnesses and she was always positive about what was ahead for her. I will miss Ellis a lot-she was a true friend.

  5. I was brokenhearted to learn of Ellis’ passing. I knew her prognosis wasn’t good, but each day I prayed for a miracle. She was such a sweet spirit. She and Sam have been active with our Texas Exes Chapter. I looked forward to seeing her smiling face each time they entered the room. We had a delightful connection as she had worked for my cousin in Nederland as a teenager. I will miss our conversations. I will continue to pray for your family.

  6. Ellis and I were roommates in College. I was presence during her and Sam’s courtship and marriage. We were all so jealous of the love they found. Our friendship continued through out our lives. As we had boys the same age and were like cousins for years. My sons and I would drive up each year for the UT/OU game. Oh what fun we had. She was so happy when she started her job at River Legacy and couldn’t wait to take me and my sons over to show them her classroom. As time went on we got busy with our lives and didn’t see each other much, but when we did it was like no time had past. We got right back into the laughing and fun we always shared. I hate we let time go by, we always had tomorrow. But Cancer stole all of our tomorrows with our Sweet Ellis. Everyone that knew her was lucky to experience her joy for life and the people in it. I will miss her greatly. Peace to Sam, Andrew, Trevor and all her friends and family.

  7. I was an assistant & a teacher a River Legacy Nature School for several years. Ms. Ellis was a great teacher, parent, guide and a wonderful lady. The hundreds of students she taught have learned to look at Nature with new, curious eyes. I’m so sorry to hear of her passing. Rest in peace and know that some of her magic will live on in the children she has raised and taught.

  8. It’s been many years since I’ve seen or talked to Ellis & had no idea she was ill. My heart aches for her family. She was such a good friend until she left for college. I have so many memories from so many good times. Her presence in this world will be missed. Please accept my heartfelt condolences. I will never forget my dear friend.

  9. I remember Ellis from junior high school. She was a beautiful person who was kind to all. I also remember her while at SFA. God bless her.

  10. Ellis brought strength, hope & fun every where she went. I learned so much from her & will forever be changed by her words & life. I have pages of sayings from her, which I cherish. She’s the kind of person I would take notes of, when she spoke, because she had so much wisdom & wit. I will miss her, but I know she would want us to keep living & being a light; I will try to do that every single day in her honor.

  11. Ellis was a dear friend of mine.
    She was loving, kind, wise, patient, intelligent, understanding, & fun.
    I miss her bright smile & optimism.
    I’m praying for her dear family that she loved & cherished so much.
    She was an inspiration to me.
    May she Rest In Peace.

  12. My heart is full with thoughts of Ellis. I am just so grateful that we ever crossed paths in the first place. I know how much she loved her family. She loved her job and her students. She loved her many friends through the years. I know how loyal and available she always was to any of us. She was smart, even more so, she was wise. She was honest, and she was real. She was quick and fun, and she had a ready, beautiful smile. She made a difference. Just to know her was to love her. My love goes out to all who are hurting now – and especially to Sam, Andrew, and Trevor.

  13. I am so sorry to hear of the passing of such a sweet, kind, beautiful soul. Ellis Ann was my first real friend, besides my siblings, when I started kindergarten at Immaculate Conception School. She and I loved Sister Mary Joseph, and Ellis told me years later at a high school reunion, that Sr. Mary Joseph was the reason she became a teacher. I always thought that Ellis was a wonderful person, and I’m sorry we drifted apart over the years. My sincerest sympathies to her family and friends. She will be missed here on Earth, but is resting in the arms of Jesus now, free of pain.

  14. I am so sorry to hear of the passing of such a sweet, kind, beautiful soul. Ellis Ann was my first real friend, besides my siblings, when I started kindergarten at Immaculate Conception School. She and I loved Sister Mary Joseph, and Ellis told me years later at a high school reunion, that Sr. Mary Joseph was the reason she became a teacher. I always thought that Ellis was a wonderful person, and I’m sorry we drifted apart over the years. My sincerest condolences to her family and friends. She will be missed here on Earth, but is resting in the arms of Jesus now, free of pain.

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