February 26, 1921 ~ September 6, 2007
Elliott George Ells
Elliott Ells, 86, died peacefully at home Sept 6, 2007 with his children by his side. Born February 26, 1921 in Everett, MA to Jane and Harry Ells. He was the ninth of ten children and named after the doctor who delivered him. He attended Everett High School and graduated in 1940. Elliott served in the US Navy as a Quartermaster on the USS Overton during WWII. It is during this time that he got his nickname "Preach" (short for preacher) for having such a calm demeanor while calling the men on deck, all the while being attacked by enemy forces. On st. Patrick's Day in 1944 Elliott met his future wife, Shirlee Riha in San Francisco, CA. A mere 52 days later they were married and remained so for 53 years until Shirlee's death in 1998. After his discharge from the military, Elliott attended Loyola University in Chicago, where he studied accounting. In 1952 Elliott and his wife moved to California and eventually settled in Manhattan Beach where they raised their four children. Elliott worked for 35 years as an auditor in the insurance industry. His attention to detail and caring attitude made him a valued employee and boss. He retired in 1987 and spent his retirement years assisting his wife with her design firm, Rhea Ells Interiors. He made frequent trips to Hawaii to visit their sons and grandchildren, golfed weekends at their vacation home in Palm Desert, and was the principle caregiver to granddaughter Katelyn until she reached school age. Elliott will be remembered for his easygoing nature, being a skilled handyman, for his great appreciation of Frank Sinatra and for his love of " dogs. He was called "PaPa" or "EG Gramps" by his beloved grandchildren: Brandon, Katelyn, Carly, Timothy and Shelby. He is survived by his children and their spouses; Michael (Kathy), Peter of Oahu, Hawaii, and Tracey (Russell) O'Banion and Rand (Stacey) of Manhattan Beach, and his sister Jane Sletterink of Reading, MA. Services will be held Friday, September 14, 2007 at lOam at American Martyrs Church with a celebration .of life hosted by the family following the mass. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be given to the American Lung Association or the Alzheimer's Association.
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