Virginia Lee Ellis, 85, of Billings, matriarch of a large family, died Aug. 10, 2013.
She was born in Baltimore, Md., on July 31, 1928, to Walton Brunson and Lucia Proctor. She married Jim Ellis on Feb. 23, 1945, after he completed his service in the Navy.
She devoted herself to the care of not only her children, but her mother, brother, two sisters, nieces, nephews and grandchildren. She made clothes and quilts for family and friends, and cross-stitchings that she made line the walls of many homes.
Survivors include her husband; a sister, Cherie Shoemaker; sons, James B. Ellis and J. Scott Ellis; a daughter, Debra Lee Pringle; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.
Services were Aug. 19, at Dahl Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Linda McCloud of Holy Cross Church Episcopal officiating.