Lily Marion Ellyson


Lily Marion Ellyson, 83, of Laurel, died on Saturday, April 15, 2023 at Providence Medical Center in Wayne.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, April 29 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church near Concord, with the Rev. William Bertrand officiating. Burial of her cremated remains will be at the Laurel cemetery. Family will receive friends one hour prior to services.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Laurel.

Lily Marion was born June 20, 1939 in Sioux City, Iowa to Soren and Marie C. Hansen. She grew up on a farm outside of Dixon and graduated from Dixon High School in 1956. She had a year of business school in Minneapolis, Minnesota at WITT.  She worked for two years as a secretary in Sioux City, Iowa for Staber Meats and then worked in Amarillo, Texas as a secretary for John Morrell for two years.  Marion then moved back to Laurel to help take care of her parents.  She married Marvin Duane Ellyson on May 7, 1959 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Laurel.  Marion owned her own ceramics shop – Cedar Ceramics in Laurel.  She was also an Avon representative for many years and also was a cook at the school. Marvin died Sept. 14, 2019 at the age of 83 years.

Survivors include her special friend and caregiver, Bob Harding of Laurel; a daughter Cynthia Mae (Lonnie) Johns of Sergeant Bluffs, Iowa; a bonus daughter, Kim (Mark) Strathman of Randolph; grandchildren Jennifer Peterson, Tyler Ellyson, Marclay Johns of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Jessica Johns of New Brunswick, New Jersey; a great grandson Kage Peterson; a brother Gordon (Harriet) Hansen of Dixon; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Soren and Marie Hansen; son, Brian Ellyson in 2012; a brother, George Hansen; and a sister Elin Powers.