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P.O. Box 406, 165 W. Oak St.
Phone: (989) 539-7810
Joan Ellsworth

Joan G. Ellsworth (Bailey)

Sunday, May 19th, 1935 - Friday, May 31st, 2019
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Joan G. Ellsworth 84 of rural Gladwin, Michigan passed away peacefully on Friday May 31, 2019 at Gladwin Nursing and Rehabilitation Community. Joan was born May 19, 1935 in Harrison, the daughter of Cashus and Gladys M. (Mitchell) Bailey. On October 16, 1954 in Harrison, Joan was united in marriage to Mr. Donald “Don” E. Ellsworth.
Mrs. Ellsworth had resided in Gladwin since 1985, moving from Grand Blanc, Michigan. Joan was a previous member, past vice president and past secretary of the Grand Blanc VFW Post 822 Ladies Auxiliary and was a past Den Mother with the Grand Blanc Boy Scouts for many years, mentoring and teaching many young scouts. She enjoyed going to yard sales, feeding and watching birds, vegetable gardening and caning with her husband Don. She loved camping, sightseeing and traveling throughout the United States.
Joan is survived by her loving husband of sixty-four years, Mr. Donald “Don” E. Ellsworth of Gladwin, two daughters; Rebecca Thymian of Bonney Lake, Washington and Nancy Swapp and husband Ron of Flushing, Michigan, two sons; Donald Ellsworth II and wife Dorothy of Okeechobee, Florida and Joseph Ellsworth of Harrison, three grandchildren; Jennifer, Johanna and Alex, four great-grandchildren, plus many nieces, nephews and cousins. Joan was preceded in death by her parents, one son in law, Steve Thymian, two sisters; Maxine Bitler and Betty Hale, and seven brothers; Rex Bailey, Jack Bailey, Stan Bailey, George Bailey, Nelson Bailey, Howard Bailey and Dude Bailey. Mrs. Ellsworth’s family would like to extend a special thank you to her niece, Missy Keener for her continued help and a true blessing to the family.
Funeral services honoring Joan will be held Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. from Stocking Funeral Home, Harrison with Pastor Eugene Baughan officiating. Visitation will take place on Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until time of service. Burial will be in Hamilton Township Cemetery, Harrison. Memorial gifts in memory of Mrs. Ellsworth may be considered to: American Legion Post 294, 3440 Morrish Road, Swartz Creek, Michigan 48473. To share an online memory or condolence with Joan’s family, please visit: Arrangements for Mrs. Ellsworth are entrusted with Stocking Funeral Home, Harrison (989) 539-7810.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, June 4th, 2019 | 9:00am - 11:00am
    Tuesday, June 4th, 2019 9:00am - 11:00am
    Stocking Funeral Home
    165 W. Oak St.
    HARRISON, MI 48625
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  • Service

    Tuesday, June 4th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, June 4th, 2019 11:00am
    Stocking Funeral Home
    165 W. Oak St.
    HARRISON, MI 48625
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  • Interment

    Hamilton Township Cemetery
    HARRISON, MI 48625
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  • Reception

    Eagles Club
    5002 E. Townline Lake Rd.
    HARRISON, MI 48625
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Posted at 03:31pm
My thoughts and prayers are with your and your family during this difficult time. I will always cherish the memories we all made living in Grand Blanc when times where simpler. All our neighbors where treated like family.


Linda Coyle

Posted at 11:32am
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Elsworth family with the loss of your beloved mother Joanne. We’ve had so many great memories as children spending time up at your cabin canoeing, fishing, playing cards, camping out and sharing wonderful adventures! Our thoughts are with Don, and Becki, Donnie, Joey, and Nancy. You all will forever be in our hearts!

The Flynn Family- Steven, Linda and Tricia

Posted at 10:25am
With sympathy and love and many great memories from our childhood shared! You are in our thoughts and prayers and forever in our hearts.
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