Obit of Thelma Thaxton Vail Ellibee (1902-1976, Ludington MI) & daughter

Obituary of Thelma H. Thaxton Vail Ellibee (daughter of Walter Emory Thaxton and Jennie Tennant, granddaughter of David Henry Thaxton and Ida Gertrude Mattison, great-granddaughter of William (Williamson?) Thaxton and Nancy Ann Smith of Michigan and Indiana):

From the Ludington (MI) Daily News, 07 Aug 1976:

Mrs. Thelma Ellibee

Mrs. Thelma H. Ellibee, 74, of 410 N. Rath ave., died suddenly at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at her home.

Thelma H. Thaxton was born July 26, 1902, in Elbridge Township, Mich., and she was married in 1928 to Burson B. Ellibee who died July 3, 1964.

She lived here most of her life and she was a faithful communicant of Grace Episcopal Church and was a graduate of Ludington High School. She was a member of St. Catherine Guild of the Church, chairman of the flower committee of the church and was in several bridge groups for many years.

Surviving are one brother, Rev. Lisle W. Thaxton of Dallas, Tex.; three stepsons, Keith Ellibee of Mt. Clemens, Mich.; Ben B. Ellibee of Madison, Wis., and Donald Thaxton Ellibee of Flint; one son-in-law, George W. Rogers of Ludington; 10 step grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death in addition to her husband by one daughter, Mrs. Barbara Jean Rogers, one brother Harold Thaxton and her parents, Walter and Janie Thaxton.

Burial office and requiem mass will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Grace Episcopal Church with the Rev. Fr. J. Ralph Patston celebrant.

Interment will be in Lakeview Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Alexander-Rye Funeral Home in Ludington from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Sunday. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the memorial fund at Grace Episcopal Church and envelopes are available at the funeral home.

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From the Ludington (MI) Daily News, 18 Jul 1972:

Mrs. George Rogers

Mrs. George W. Rogers, Jr., 51 of 1009 N. Robert St. died at 12:15 p.m. Monday in her home after a lingering illness.

She was born Barbara Jean Vail on March 15, 1921 in Ludington and resided here all her life.

She was married in Ludington on Aug. 29, 1946, to George W. Rogers, Jr.

Mrs. Rogers was a member of the Grace Episcopal Church, and of the St. Catherine Guild of the church. She was also a member of the American Association of University Women, the Lincoln Hills Bridge Club, and was a member of the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary until she resigned recently because of ill health.

She was graduated from Ludington High School and attended Western Michigan University.

Surviving are her husband; a son, Douglas, of Ludington, her mother, Mrs. Burson Ellibee of Ludington; three brothers, Ben Ellibee of Madison, Wis.; Keith Ellibee of Riverside, Cal., and Donald Ellibee of Flint; one uncle, the Rev. Lisle W. Thaxton of Dallas, Tex., plus several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Jeanie Lee, who died in infancy.

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More information about Thelma and Burson can be found on  this website.  Note: it indicates that Donald Thaxton Ellibee was not a stepson of Thelma as indicated in her obituary, but a son.


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5 responses to “Obit of Thelma Thaxton Vail Ellibee (1902-1976, Ludington MI) & daughter

  1. darius c leduff

    Hello.. i really don’t know where to start..i was born darrell dewayne thaxton on nov.24th 1973 to a billie jean thaxton..i was giving up to the state of lousisiana @birth.i lived in ruston,la the 1st seven1/2yrs of my birth mother had me when she was 12 that’s wat i was told…i am just trying to find out who i belong name has been changed to darius c. leduff out of baton rouge,la

  2. Thelma Ellibee’s son Donald Ellibee, (who was actually her nephew, Her brother Harold Thaxton’s son, has passed also, along with Harold Thaxtons Daughter Joan.

  3. Reply to Darius, Barbara Jean Rodgers, Daughter of Thelma, only had the one child, a baby who died at birth.

  4. Sally Finey

    This Commentary on the Obit, stating she was G Granddaughter to William and Nancy Smith Thaxton is INCORRECT, She is G Granddaughter
    to William and Martha Bowers Thaxton.

  5. Anonymous

    Thelma Ellibee, Daughter to Janie (not Jennie) Her mothers name was Jane “Janie” I see this all the time. Also G Grand Daughter to Martha and William Thaxton.

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