PHOENIX, NY – Elizabeth I. “Betty” Ellsworth, 93, of Phoenix, passed away on Thursday January 16, 2014, at the Syracuse Home Association, Baldwinsville.
She was born in Phoenix, on June 3, 1920, to her late parents, Ora V. (Dolbear) and Claude P. Wallace.
She was the valedictorian of her graduating class, Phoenix High School, class of 1938.
Betty was owner/operator of Ellsworth’s Red & White Grocery Store, and Econ-Wash Laundromat, both located in downtown Phoenix, for many years, before closing and late sold.
She also was owner of the coin-operated car wash located on Davis Street.
Betty was a member of the Phoenix United Methodist Church and its Women’s Fellowship organization; Ladies Auxiliary of the Phoenix Memorial Post 5540, VFW; Eastern Star; Century Club member served as an officer; Topics Club; treasurer of T.O.P.S. organization; and an avid bowler.
Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband of 36 years, Arthur R. Ellsworth, on Sept. 18, 1976; brothers, Karl Wallace and Ralph Wallace; her three sisters, Mary Fryer, Marjorie Myers and Geraldine Miklada all in 2012.
Surviving are her daughter, Jo Anne “Jody” Brooks Ryan and her husband, Harvey Ryan; her son, Arthur Craig (Mary) Ells worth of Pennellville, NY; four grandchildren, Heather (Jim) Stagnitta, Aaron Brooks, Amanda Ellsworth, and Kevin Ellsworth; two great-granddaughters, Elizabeth “Beth” Stagnitta, and Emilee Stagnitta; one brother, Earl “Cactus Bob” Wallace of Baldwinsville; one sister, Eleanor Fisher of Fulton;
several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Services will be on Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix, with
the Rev. Lauri J. Craig officiating.
Burial will be in Phoenix Rural Cemetery, 126 Chestnut St., Phoenix.
Calling hours will be on Tuesday from 3 to 7 p.m. in the funeral home at 431 Main St.
Contributions in Betty’s memory to: Century Club, or the Phoenix Public Library, 34 Elm St., Phoenix, NY, 13135.