Ellen Margaret Frazee Bernard 1924 – 2018

Ellen Margaret Frazee Bernard, 94, entered into the gates of heaven on April 5, 2018, at Pioneer Care and Rehab. She was born on March 30, 1924, to Guy and Irene Frazee, in Lemhi, Idaho. She was the first born followed by two brothers, Kenneth and Ralph.

She met the love of her life, Leon Bernard, at a Christmas dance in Salmon, Idaho. Leon was drafted into the Army soon after a short courtship and they were later married in Denver Colorado. After Leon returned from the war, they lived in Salmon, Idaho, where they started their business careers. They later moved to Lima, where they purchased the Lima Lumber Yard. After 12 years of marriage, they were blessed with a family. The first child, Julie, a son, Randy, another daughter, Janet, and last but not least, Joyce.

In 1960, Ellen and Leon built the Holiday Motel and later built a laundromat. A few years later, they built the Drive Inn Cafe, also owning a trailer court and gas station.

Ellen was a very loving and kind lady. She always had a smile on her face and loved to lead children in God's work, whether it was having a Good News Club in her home, where she told flannel graph stories and taught Bible song to the kids, or she helped with Vacation Bible School, Awana, had ladies bible study in her home and was one of the cooks at Camp Utmost and Westland Bible Mission camp.

Ellen enjoyed her own family, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. She loved them all without measure. She was truly loved and will be missed by all of them. She was a very good cook, liked to crochet, read, garden and enjoyed camping.

Ellen is survived by her children: Julie (Ron), of Bozeman; Randy (Penny), of Lima; Janet (Don), of Lima; and Joyce (Brad), of Frenchtown. She had 11 grandchildren and 19 greatgrandchildren.

She was preceded in death by: her husband, Leon, after nearly 62 years of marriage; parents Guy and Irene Frazee; brothers Kenneth and Ralph; sister-in-laws Boots and Joyce Frazee; and great-granddaughter Tylan Mehn.

Cremation has taken place. Celebration of her life will be on Sat., May 5, at 1 pm at the Lima Community Church. A reception will follow at the Lima Fire/City Hall after interment. Memorials may be made to the Lima Community Church or Westland Bible Mission. A guestbook is available online at www.brundagefuneralhome.com

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