Ollie ‘Ellen’ Bell Rash
Ollie “Ellen” Bell Rash passed away at her home in Grand Junction on Oct. 3 at the young age of 93. She lived a full life of joy and happiness. Ellen was born to Winnie Mrytle Woodard and Oliver Earl Bell on March 25, 1913, in Enid, Okla. She spent her childhood in Oklahoma, Washington, California, Oregon and Colorado.
In 1936 she married Jesse Theopolis Rash, and together they had eight children. She resided in Grand Junction for 48 years.
In the 1960s Ellen worked in housekeeping during the early days of Snowmass Village. She was an early-day commuter, living in Glenwood Springs.
Ellen was known as a wonderful mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She had a love of traveling, cooking, canning, sewing and crafts. Her life was a precious gift, and she leaves an imprint on all she influenced. Her friends and family considered her to be sensitive and compassionate.
Surviving family members who were honored to share in Ellen’s life are three sisters, Janie, Frances and Cherry; her sons, Bobbie Joe and wife Jo Anna, Gary Willis and wife June, Robert Ronald and wife Linda, all of Grand Junction, Jesse Jr. and Martha from Mesquite, Nev.; daughters Lois Gene and husband Roger from Mesquite, Susan Ann Orecchio and husband Tony from Brighton, and a daughter-in-law, Carrie Rash from Continental Divide, N.M.; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
A celebration of her life will take place at Callahan Edfast Mortuary, 2515 Patterson Road, Grand Junction at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7.
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