Ellamae M. Washburn of Hiko, Nev., age 71, went home to live with Father in heaven on March 5 in St. George. Ellamae (Bobbie) was born in Los Angeles, Calif. on Sept. 5, 1943 to Ernest Christopher Savage and Mildred Mary Pickett. She was the youngest of four children. She married the love of her life, Vell Ewell Washburn on Oct. 20, 1969 in Virginia City, Nev.
Ellamae swore her mother did not like her that is why she gave her that name; her brothers decided to call her Bobbie and that is what she has been called all her life. Bobbie loved her family and wanted them to always get together. Bobbie loved big family dinners and wanted people to come visit whenever they could. Bobbie had many jobs in her life, she waited tables, she was a proof-reader for a large company, she took in 25 foster children, and was an active member of the Eastern Star and she even worked as a dispatcher at the Lincoln County Sheriff’s office, but her favorite thing was taking care of her family. She always said she was uneducated but that was not true; she could teach herself to do anything. She oil painted, did glass etchings and the last few years she did quilling. This was meticulous work that required hours of gluing small pieces of paper together to make beautiful pictures. If you were lucky enough to get one of her works of art please treasure it and know she did it with love. She loved to try new things and even up to her death she had been reading and learning new things.
Bobbie is survived by her brothers David (Barbara) Savage, Kingman Ariz., Larry (Vivian) Savage of Hollywood, Flo.; husband Vell Ewell Washburn, Hiko; children Art (Barbara) Washburn, Pioche, Eric (Simone) Washburn, Patterson Heights Penn.; Sherry (Philip) Spencer, Hiko; Robert (Gloria) Washburn, Panaca; and Tara Washburn, Las Vegas; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by both of her parents, brother Kenneth Savage, and granddaughter Tiffany Marie Spencer.
Bobbie will be laid to rest on March 14 at 10 a.m. in Alamo at the LDS Chapel and the interment will be in the Pioche Cemetery, under the direction of the Eastern Star. There will be a luncheon to follow at the Pioche LDS chapel. Friends and family are invited to sign our online guestbook at www.moapavalleymortuary.com.