Obituary – Beulah Mae Ellars-Ellis Carney Geisendorfer
Beulah Mae Ellars-Ellis Carney Geisendorfer of Granby, Colo., passed away Jan. 25, 2010, at St. Anthony’s Hospice Unit in Denver of late stage dementia at the age of 84 years and 9 months.
Family, friends, and peers called her Beulah or Bea, but in her early childhood, adolescents and young adult years her friends and family called her Bootie.
Beulah was born Beulah Mae Carney on April 26, 1925, at her parents’ home in Pike County, Ohio. Her parents’ names were Samuel Lorenzo Carney and Blanche Bell Bethel Carney.
Beulah was the last of her family. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Roy and Eugene Carney and her sisters Dorothy Carney Mathena and Marybelle Carney Montgomery.
When her mother died she was 4 years old; Beulah went to live with her sister Dorothy for a while then permanently with her Aunt Clara and Uncle Asa Carney at St. Paris, Ohio.
Marriage came early in Bea’s life. She met and married Troy Ellars-Ellis on April 22, 1944, at Chillicothe, Ohio. Of this union, seven children were born: Everett R. Ellars of Truth or Consequences, N.M.; Clark Ellars of Dayton, Ohio (Deceased); Treasa L. Clark of Granby; Jannett E Heckert of Park City, Utah; Mary L Ellars-Rains of Humble, Texas; Eleanor Jean (Jeannie) Todd of Dillon; and Troy Ellis of Denver. Also, she had 12 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.
After her husband Troy Ellis was killed in an airplane crash in 1966, she met and married Lew Paul Geisendorfer on June 15, 1967. This union came to an end approximately 20 years later.
Beulah worked at all kinds of jobs before and after both her marriages. She is best known by those who knew and worked with her at the Winter Park Ski Area and East Grand Food Service. She retired in 1989, to enjoy her remaining years.
Services will be held at the Winter Park Christian Church, 274 Ponderosa Trail in Tabernash on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010. Viewing at the church will begin at 10 a.m., services at 11 a.m.; a reception will follow in the atrium.
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