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Ellen Crossett

The Angels saw Ellen Delores "Schantz" Crossett, 80, of Colonial Manor in Columbus Junction, Ia. getting tired, they knew she had pain and was suffering from memory loss as they gathered close to her.  Her family thought of so many things as they held her hand so tight, her eyes were looking upward and they knew she was homeward bound.  It was so comforting to know mom was going home to a place so pure.

Funeral services have been set for Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 10:30am at the Beatty Funeral Home in Washington with Amy Sara Richardson officiating.  Burial will take place at the Wellman Public Cemetery at 1pm.  Visitation will be held from noon – 7pm on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at the Beatty Funeral Home, where the family will greet friends from 4 – 7pm.  Memorial funds have been established for Colonial Manor Nursing Home in Columbus Junction, Alzheimer's Association and Hospice of Washington County.

Ellen was born on October 3, 1936 at her parents home in Washington, Iowa.  She was the daughter of Ada Fannie (Christner) and David R. Schantz.  Ellen attended Shiloh Country School outside of Washington.  She was united in marriage to the love of her life, Gary E. Crossett, on January 14, 1952 in Bloomfield, Iowa.  The couple farmed for 49 years southeast of Washington.  They were married 57 years before Gary passed away in April 2009.  Ellen was a member of the Sunshine Country Club, she sold Tupperware for many years, worked at the Snack Shack as a waitress, Orchard Hill Rescare and Nucara Pharmacy in Washington.  She taught Sunday School for many years at Pleasant Hill and First Christian Church.  It was hard to find Ellen sitting idle, she was a seamstress, making several junior brides maid dresses to look like the brides dress, making crafts, decorating cakes for birthdays and weddings, owning her ceramic shop, pouring her own porcelain to make dolls, or working in her flower and vegetable gardens.  She loved sharing her talents with family and friends and was often found at the Farmer's Market in Washington.

Ellen will be truly missed by her children and grandchildren: Collen Kay Jefferson and husband David of Grundy Center, IA., Marshall David Crossett and wife Jennifer of Washington, IA., Connie Lynn Crossett and special friend Bob Shepherd of Washington, IA., Ada Sue Sands and husband Dale of Cedar Rapids, IA., Teresa Mae Peterson and husband Darwin of Red Oak, IA., Sheryl Denise Crossett of Washington, IA., 16 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, two sisters: Pauline Duck of Leawood, KS., Betty Beenblossom of Washington, IA., two brothers-in-law: Duane Crossett of Columbus Junction, IA., Tom Crossett of Burlington, IA., four sisters-in-law: Linda Kleese, Mid Thomas, Mary Schantz all of Washington, IA., and Dolores Crossett of New London, IA., and her beloved Shih Tzu puppy, Kaci who now lives with Colleen in Grundy Center.

Preceding Ellen in death were her husband Gary in 2009, her parents, three sisters, one brother, one  brother-in-law and one niece.

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Aunt Ellen was a very talented lady. She was very generous in sharing her talents and the works of her talents. I have a few beautiful pieces of her painted porcelin and still use the rice ice packs she made for us. My mom had a special bond with her and Aunt Ellen was very good to my mom. Ellen would visit often and help her. May each of you reminisce and treasure the special memories of Aunt Ellen.

Beth Craig Feb 13 2017 12:00 AM

Connie and Ada, I am so sorry for your loss. Losing your mom is one if the hardest things you will ever do. Thinking of you both and your entire family at this time. ~Kathy

Kathy Logan MacCrea Feb 11 2017 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathies to my dear cousins.Aunt Ellen will be missed so much.I remember the life-like dolls that she made for Darren and Alicia with red hair.I saw such love in those gifts.I also remember her home-made noodles.Sure do miss those.My love to each of you.

Barb Stevens Feb 10 2017 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss!Thoughts and prayers to all of you!

Craig & Becky Mattson Feb 10 2017 12:00 AM

Gee, where do I start.We were neighbors to the Crossetts for many years.When we first moved in a lovely lady (Ellen) brought brownies to our home.When they had baby lambs, she would call and my daughters went down to bottle feed the babies.When new kittens were born, she would call so they could play with them.When they were born, the girls crawled under the porch to rescue them.If I needed an extra button or got stuck on a sewing problem, she was always there to help.She helped me make porcelain dolls along with the clothes for my girls.Her daughters babysat for us.She babysat for us.She made great noodles and cinnamon rolls and shared them with us.She shared produce from her garden along with flower seeds. When I was sick, she brought supper for us for a few days. She had a family Easter egg hunt in her yard and included my girls along with her grandchildren. I am sure I am forgetting some of the wonderful acts of kindness she shared with us. She will be missed by many.

Phyllis Kulisky Feb 10 2017 12:00 AM