Ellis Family

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Ellis Family

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Austin Thomas Ellis was born September 24, 1913 in High River, Alberta. He came to Moose Jaw in 1932 when he took a job at Wimpster’s Hardware. Ellis later purchased the hardware store and renamed it Turner & Ellis Hardware. He married Kathleen “Kay” Jane Clarke on September 19, 1939. Kay was born May 20, 1917 in Moose Jaw. She attended King George and Central Collegiate and received her associate Degree from the Toronto Conservatory of Music. She taught piano and organ in Moose Jaw. Austin and Ellis had six children: Ronald, Ruth, Margot, Lucille, Ross, and Jim. The couple spent a lot of time sailing Buffalo Pound Lake. Austin was a member of the Lions Club and director of the Moose Jaw Art Museum. Kay was a member of the Zion United Church and past-president of the Canadian Club of Moose Jaw and the Music Teacher’s Association of Saskatchewan. Austin died May 28, 1998 and Kay died on January 15, 2002. They are both buried at Sunset Resthaven Cemetery in Moose Jaw.


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