Betty Lou (Rife) Ellis


Betty Lou (Rife) Ellis, age 86, of Mentor, went to be with our Lord on Monday, February 18, 2019 at Hospice of the Western Reserve due to illnesses.

Born April 25, 1932 in Willoughby, Ohio, to the late Russel (Peck) Rife and Mabel (Mae) Anderson Rife and stepfather Frank (Hank) A. Crews.

Betty Loved her family, she Loved cooking and enjoyed going out to eat with family and friends, she Loved entertaining at her home for the holidays, especially Halloween and Christmas time, she Loved music & dancing, she enjoyed bowling with friends, she Loved shopping, she Loved playing the lottery, she enjoyed her River Rouge wine, especially while watching the Cleveland Indians ball games, she was an animal lover & enjoyed feeding peanuts to her pet squirrels.  She was not just a grandmother to her grandchildren but they ALL thought of her as a mother.  She was a woman with a BIG HEART & would always help one in need, especially the homeless animals.

In addition to her parents & stepfather she was preceded in death by her husband, Leroy William Ellis; brothers, Leonard (Bud) Russell Rife, Danny (Boone) Leroy Rife; son-in-laws, Donald Richard Pettit, Sr., Daryel John Leikala, Sr. and oldest grandson, Ronald Anthony Leikala.  Also, their two dogs, Rascles & Skuffles, and their Kitties, Baby and Chippy.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughters, Roxanne Cheryl Allen (John) of Perry, Sandra Lea Pettit of Cleveland, Nancy Lou Hodgson of Painesville, Linda Sue Ellis of Painesville and Julie Ann Blankenship (Garry) of Mentor-on-the-Lake; Betty was blessed with 10 grandchildren, the late Ronald Anthony Leikala, Daryel John Leikala, Jr., Melanie Ann Hurayt (Gregg), Robert Everett Rosier (Nichole), Donald Richard Pettit, Marie Ann Rosier, James William Hodgson, Jr. (Amanda), Brandon Robert Hodgson, Chantz John Allen and Sarah Leona Olsen.  She was blessed with 13 great-grandchildren and 16 great-great-grandchildren.  Betty leaves behind her cat Mocha which she loved.

A Service to celebrate the life of Betty Lou Ellis will conducted at 4pm on Saturday, March 9, 2019, at Freedom Assembly of God Church, 5420 W. Heisley Road, Mentor, with Pastor Jason Tatterson officiating.  Family & friends may gather at the Freedom Assembly of God Church to continue The Celebration of Life services with refreshments, and in honor of Betty all of the Ellis family is preparing food from many of Betty's recipes to enjoy while spending quality time with one another.