Obituary for Ellamae French

Ellamae Alice French, age 81, of Northfield, formerly of Jacksonville, Florida, passed away Monday, July 17, 2017, at Three Links Care Center. Ellamae was born May 8, 1936, the daughter of Harvey and Sadie (Baul) Pumphrey. Ellamae’s mother died when she was only 18 months and her aunt and uncle, Bernie and Walt Estes, cared for her. She was raised in Kentucky and while attending a high school basketball game met Marion French. Marion went on to serve in the armed forces and at the age of 17, Ellamae was united in marriage to Marion while he was stationed in […]

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Ellamae Alice French, age 81, of Northfield, formerly of Jacksonville, Florida, passed away Monday, July 17, 2017, at Three Links Care Center.

Ellamae was born May 8, 1936, the daughter of Harvey and Sadie (Baul) Pumphrey. Ellamae’s mother died when she was only 18 months and her aunt and uncle, Bernie and Walt Estes, cared for her. She was raised in Kentucky and while attending a high school basketball game met Marion French. Marion went on to serve in the armed forces and at the age of 17, Ellamae was united in marriage to Marion while he was stationed in Hawaii. The couple moved to California and lived in several cities throughout. They then moved to Lake Villa, Illinois and later to Florida, Georgia and again returning to Florida settling in Jacksonville. Marion was an entrepreneur and owned and operated many businesses including an auto body shop, two restaurants and a cabinetry shop. Ellamae worked alongside him all the while. Marion passed away July 13, 1995. Ellamae continued to make her home in Jacksonville before moving to Northfield in 2013.

Ellamae was a very talented seamstress. She made beautiful drapery, most of her three-daughter’s clothing and bridesmaid dresses for weddings. She loved to knit, sew, cooking and canning. Ellamae had a huge heart and bubbly personality. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend.

Ellamae is survived by her daughters Donna (Ron) Eicher of Northfield, Diana (Steve) Watts of Naples, FL, Deborah Gaetano of Fort Myers, FL, Denise Graham of Fort Myers, FL, 12 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and a sister Betty Griffith of Jacksonville, FL. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents Harvey and Sadie, her adoptive parents Bernie and Walt, a grandson Brian Gaetano, three brothers Alvin, Ray and James Pumphrey as well as a step brother Ronald Estes.

Services for Ellamae will be held at Beyers Funeral Home-Purcell Chapel in Bushnell, Florida. She will be interred next to her husband at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. Arrangements by Bierman Funeral Home. biermanfuneralhome.com

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