Ellen Viola Way, age 84, passed from this life on January 20, 2018 at Wheatridge Park Care Center in Liberal, KS. She was born June 1, 1933 in Beaver, OK, the daughter of Cecil Marion and Mildred Alta (Peck) Drum.
Ellen departed with peace and grace with her family by her side as the angels accompanied her on her journey to heaven, to be reunited with her soul mate, Lee Roy, of 45 years.
She graduated from Beaver High School, Beaver, OK, in 1951. She was a resident of Liberal for 66 years.
On March 6, 1959 she married Lee Roy Way in Perryton, TX. He died on May 12, 2004.
She was a telephone operator for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in Liberal. She worked as a volunteer at the Liberal Memorial Library, the Southwest Medical Center Auxiliary, and librarian at Trinity Faith Church and was a homemaker. Ellen was very active in assisting in the raising of her grandchildren
She was a member of Trinity Faith Church in Liberal. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, quilting and reading.
3 Daughters Belinda McDonald and husband Leonard Liberal, KS
Danita Buchman Liberal, KS
Sandra Shepard Satanta, KS
1 Very Beloved Niece Debbie Greeson Moscow, KS
6 Grandchildren Amanda Burhenn and husband David, Zachary Buchman and wife Mirella, Sami and husband Jesse Martinez, Rachel and husband Jeremy Valdez, Clint and wife Kaylene Shepard, Cody Buchman and 7 Great Grandchildren Scarlett, Luke, Mackenzie and Sawyer Buchman, GraceLynn and Kayden Shepard and Wyatt Bohanon.
She was preceded in death by her parents, loving husband Lee Roy Way, 3 Brothers Melvin, Marvin, Dean Drum, 1 Sister Carol Ashby, 1 Brother-in law John Ashby and 1 Sister-in-law Barbara Drum.
Funeral service will be 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at Trinity Faith Church with Pastor Terry Engler presiding. Burial will be at in the Restlawn Cemetery, Liberal, KS.
Visitation will be 3:00 to 8:00 pm Monday and 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Tuesday at Brenneman Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the St. Catherine Hospice or Wheatridge Park Care Center in care of the Brenneman Funeral Home 1212 W. 2nd Liberal, KS 67901.