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County Seat Newspaper
of Clare County


MAY 19, 1935 – MAY 31, 2019


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 canning 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 being a true blessing to the family.

Funeral services honoring Joan were 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, MI 48473. To share an online memory or condolence with Joan’s family, please visit: www.stockingfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements for Mrs. Ellsworth are entrusted with Stocking Funeral Home, Harrison 989-539-7810.  


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