Mary Evelyn Ellisor

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Former Durango resident Mary Evelyn Ellisor died Saturday, April 28, 2012, in Mancos. She was 94.

Mrs. Ellisor was born to Marshall and Ida Hart on July 27, 1917, in Brantley, Ala. After graduating from Dozier High School in Brantley, she graduated from business school in Montgomery, Ala.

On July 5, 1938, she married Thomas M. Ellisor in Alabama. The marriage ended in divorce after 38 years.

She was a devoted civil-service employee for nearly 30 years as an administrative assistant to executive officers, her family said.

She lived in Albuquerque from March 1993 to September 2000, when she moved to Durango to live with her daughter, where she lived from October 2000 to May 2008.

When she moved to Durango in 2000, she became a member of First United Methodist Church of Durango and contributed to the annual bazaar through the Crafty Ladies.

“Being a true ‘lady’ from the Deep South, she was known far and wide for her ‘soul food,’” her family said, “seafood gumbo, hush puppies, fried chicken, catfish and peach cobbler.”

Mrs. Ellisor’s favorite hobby was traveling the world.

Mrs. Ellisor is survived by her sons David F. Ellisor of Durango and Charles M. Ellisor of Foley, Ala.; daughter, Rebecca Ellisor Nash, of Durango; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Cremation has occurred. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Montezuma, P.O. Drawer 740, Cortez, CO 81321.