Mary Ruth Kelly Ellis, 49, of 111 Beecham Lane, Johnson City, died at her residence on August 21, 2007. She was a native of Washington County, daughter of the late Donald and Eleanor Crowder Justice Kelly, Jr. Mary Ruth was a homemaker and attended the East Pine Grove Park United Methodist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, C. J. "Mikey"? Kelly and Donnie Kelly, III. Survivors include: two daughters and sons-in-law, Marsha and Mike Riddle of Elizabethton and Christy and Randy Burgin of Johnson City; three brothers and a sister-in-law, Keith "Butch"? and Sandy Kelly of Idaho, Bryan Kelly and Kenneth "Pete"? Kelly both of Johnson City; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Brenda and Kim Grainger of Johnson City, Sharon and Dale Furches of Jonesborough and Enola and Joe Sluder of Roan Mountain; five grandchildren, Victoria Jones, Cassie Burgin, Lexy, Mikey and Jayden Riddle; several nieces and nephews; her loving companion of thirteen years, Cliff Eads of Johnson City. A funeral service is scheduled for Thursday, August 23, 2007 at the Sinking Creek Baptist Church at 8:00 p.m. under the direction of Minister Brent Nidiffer. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until time of service at eight. A committal service will be conducted on Friday, August 24, 2007 at the Monte Vista Memorial Park at 1:00 p.m. Pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. Family and friends are asked to assemble on Friday at the Morris-Baker Funeral Home by 12:30 p.m. to leave in procession to the cemetery. Memorials may be made in the form of contributions to the Washington County Sheriffs Association (stuffed animals for children) at 101 E. Market Street, Johnson City, TN 37604.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Cassie, My thoughts and prayers are with you during your loss. If you need anything please let me know. Love your friend, Brianna Blackburn

  2. Anonymous says:

    Marsha and Kristy-we are so very sorry for the loss of your dear sweet mother- We are praying for you and your families- May God give you the peace and courage during this time and the days to follow- David and Sequa Shields-First Christian Church

  3. Anonymous says:

    May God wrap his arms around each and everyone of you ,through this hard time. My thoughts and Prayers are with you. Your Cousin ( Jim and Edith Kelly’s Grand-daughter, Luther & Libby Kelly’s daughter). Sandy Kelly Taylor

  4. Anonymous says:

    Christy, I’m sorry for your loss.I will be praying for you and your family. Call me if you need anything. Your friend, Chikenia

  5. Anonymous says:

    I knew Mary from the recreation center. I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you. Dyanna

  6. Anonymous says:

    Marsha and Christy, I am very sorry to hear of your loss. I am praying for all of you. Beth Owens

  7. Anonymous says:

    Randy & Christy, so sorry to hear of your loss! Many prayers are being sent your way. May God give you comfort in your time of need!

  8. Anonymous says:

    So sorry to hear about your loss, unfortunatly God takes some of the best at a early age. She will be truly missed but never forgotten. Memories are so precious ,keep them in your hearts and you will always have her in your hearts. God Bless all of you. Your Cousin Susie Kelly Arwood

  9. Anonymous says:

    To Mike,Marsha,Lexy,Mikey, and Jadan: I am keeping you all in my prayers! You are such a special family and I love you all very much. Please let me know if I can do anything. God will give you strength and I know he will use you to minister to others. Much Love, Teresa Dugger

  10. Anonymous says:

    Marsha~~ I wish there was something I could say to make this easier for you now. Your relationship with your mother turned itself around & became sweeter and your children got to know her just a bit more. I would have been there for you, cooked, babysat or something for you had I have known. If you ever want to talk…I’ll listen. I think the world of you and your family and I’m praying for you. God will give you peace. Search only for the good memories and hold them close. Take Care. My #474-0079. Love Much, Debbie

  11. Anonymous says:

    Marsha and Family, we are so sorry for your loss. We have not known you but a short time, but it doesn’t take long to tell when someone has the spirit of the Lord dwelling within them. And we know you do, therefor, may you find comfort in knowing God always take care of his own, and he will give you the strength you need. If there is anything we can do for you, please don’t hesitate to call. We love you all, Charlie, Stacy, Paige and Jaden.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Memories are like stars in the dark night of sorrow. May time soften the pain until all that remains is the beauty of the memories… and the love, always the love. Cob and Helen Riddle

  13. Anonymous says:

    mom, words can’t express how we feel without you, life will never be the same. we miss you so much and there are so many things i wish were done different. the kids talk about you all the time, they really miss you! i pray that you know how special you

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