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Marcheta Joy Ellsworth

Marcheta Joy (Harris) Ellsworth, 75 peacefully passed away at her home in St. Louis, Mo on Friday, November 8th at 12:15pm.

Marcheta was born on September 4, 1944, in Canton, to Ralph and Rossie (Williams) Harris. She married Don E. Ellsworth on March 29, 1976. He proceeded her in death on November 10, 2018.

She is also proceeded in death by two sisters who passed in infancy, Shelby and Sandra, as well as a grandson, Peyton Ellsworth.

She is survived by 4 children, Doug Ellsworth of Urbana, IL, Brad (Melanie) Ellsworth of Austin, TX, Angel Venegoni of St. Louis, MO and Tiffany (Jeramy) Ellsworth of Normal, IL, 4 grandchildren (Ryan (Tamra), Marisa, Brandon and Drew), and one great granddaughter (Henleigh). Also surviving are two brothers, Monte and Max Harris, both of Banner, IL as well as many close cousins, nieces and nephews.

After graduating from Timber Tigers High School in Glasford, IL in 1962, she went on to obtain her teaching degree from Northeast Missouri State Teachers college in Kirksville, Missouri in 1967. She taught at several schools within Fulton County, but the majority of her career was spent as a 3rd grade teacher at Westview Elementary. After teaching in Canton District 66 for 25 years, she retired in 2000. But she wasn’t ready to let it go entirely and continued to teach in Camdenton, Mo for a few more years. Her devotion to her students and their success proves that teaching was one of her greatest passions in life. She not only taught students the curriculum, she encouraged and inspired countless individuals as an educator.

Marcheta started dancing at a young age and traveled with her mom’s troop of the “Little Sister’s Square Dancers” to perform statewide. As an adult, she opened her own dance studio, choreographed her own productions, plays and pageants. Dancing brought her much happiness and she never hesitated to be the first on the dance floor if the music hit her!

She also enjoyed traveling. After retiring from teaching, she worked as a tour bus guide in Sun City West, AZ. It combined her love for learning, teaching and experiencing new places.

Many moments and memories were made on the water and just having fun. She loved spending time with her family and friends and her laughter and smile will be greatly missed.

2 years ago, Marcheta was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma. Her family would like to thank the countless members of the staff at Siteman Cancer Center for their continued compassion and support. In her memory, the family requests contributions be made to the Siteman Cancer Center, MSC 1204-414-2300, 7425 Forsyth Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63105 or online at siteman.wustl.edu/tribute. Please indicate the gift is in memory of Marcheta by writing a memo on your check.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton. A visitation will be held from 11:00 – 2:00 PM. Rev. K Bruce Rushing will officiate. A burial of ashes will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Canton, IL. To make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

10 Comments

  • Jan Hannam

    Reply November 29, 2019 11:09 am

    Angel and family So sorry to hear of Marcheta’s passing. You are in my prayers.

  • Tambla Olesen

    Reply November 30, 2019 7:50 am

    So sorry for your loss. She will be missed by all who were blessed to know her.

    Love Tambla

  • Linda Johnson Pollard

    Reply November 30, 2019 11:39 am

    So sorry to her of Marcheta’s passing.My brother and I both danced with the Little Sisters. We had a lot of fun. I remember dancing with Max when he had a broken foot and was in a cast. Remember being in Glasford at Rossi’s. Marcheta always had a beautiful smile on her face. Rip.

  • Cassie (Derry) McKinley

    Reply November 30, 2019 4:51 pm

    Angel and family, so very sorry for your loss. Your mom was like a second mom to me growing up and I have many wonderful memories of her and the countless hours I spent with your family.

  • Judy and Ray Brown

    Reply December 1, 2019 10:46 am

    Our deepest sympathy to Marcheta’s family. We have had many fun times in the past and missed her when she moved away, but kept in touch. She taught both of our boys when she was their forth grade teacher. She was so much fun, a caring lady, and always ready to help. She will be missed by many of us. Judy and Ray Brown.

  • Stacey and Craig Bryant

    Reply December 3, 2019 4:03 pm

    Our hearts go out to you and you’re family, Marcheta’s smile and energy will be missed by all.

  • Mary Alice (Pickett) Bontz

    Reply December 6, 2019 9:17 pm

    My sincere sympathy to all the family. We grew up in the same neighborhood. Marcheta was always fun and had a beautiful smile. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Mary Kerr

    Reply December 7, 2019 6:57 am

    It was my honor to work with Marcheta for five years. She was a great teacher and a compassionate person. Am sorry that health issues keep me from coming to the visitation today. My condolences to the family as she loved nothing more than her family! Did not know her middle name was Joy, which she freely spread with her wonderful smile.

  • Joyce Harland

    Reply December 9, 2019 10:34 am

    So very sorry to learn of Marcheta’s passing. Praying that all your beautiful memories will help you in the coming days. She will be missed! Bless you all. Bob and Joyce

  • Celia Beam

    Reply December 11, 2019 5:49 pm

    I was teaching kindergarten at Westview when Marcheta retired. She was a very upbeat lady with an infectious smile. I have often wondered about her. I am so sorry for your loss, but so happy to hear she had such a wonderful life. May you memories of good days bring you joy. Celia Beam

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