riet Ellen Lotspeich, a Prineville resident, passed away peacefully after a love- filled weekend where friends and family had gathered at her granddaughter Mona's home in Prineville, on Wednesday, March 14, 2007.
Over the last year her health had been failing and she wanted to rest.
She said, "I'm ready to go whenever He wants to take me." She was 87 years old.
At her request no public services will be held.
Ellen, as she liked to be called, was born in Los Angeles, Calif., on May 29, 1919 to John Hawthorne and Jerusha (Hoover) Chase. She attended and graduated from Los Angeles area schools.
She moved to Prineville in 1996 from Murietta, Calif.
She married her first love, Francis LaVerne Marcum in Santa Ana, Calif., in 1936 and that same year her first daughter Marilyn was born.
The marriage didn't last but she found love again and married Archie Marcum Lotspeich in Las Vegas, Nev., in 1940. This marriage was blessed with three more daughters: Beverly, Carolyn and Diana.
She was a lady who loved to laugh, loved music, loved to play cards and marble games and loved to play the slots. She liked to be in the midst of it all. Any time spent with family and friends was fun for her.
She had a knack for finding a bargain and/or hard to find items. She truly would break for yard sales! She tried her hand at crafty things but never really spent much time on it. It seemed she'd rather play with the flowers in the garden. Some of her fondest memories were of days fishing with her father.
Ellen is survived by: her daughters Marilyn Malloy of Prineville, Beverly Hicks of Alhambra, Calif., and Carolyn and Diana Lotspeich both of Ukiah, Calif.; brother Bill Chase of La Cresenta, Calif.; and 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and cousins who loved her.
Ellen was preceded in death by parents, her husbands, and three brothers.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Pioneer Memorial Hospice at 1201 NE Elm St., Prineville, Oregon 97754.
Arrangements are in the care of the Prineville Funeral Home.