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Mary (Ellis) Shaughnessy

Posted 2023-06-05 by Pat R
Wickenburg Sun (Wickenburg, Arizona)
Wednesday, March 8, 2023, p. A-6

Mary Shaughnessy (Ellis), 72, of Surprise passed away on Feb. 26, 2023,
after a long battle with heart and lung disease.

Mary was born Aug. 24, 1950, to Vinton and Mary Jo Ellis in Scottsbluff,
Nebraska. Mary attended Scottsbluff schools and graduated high school in
1968. Upon graduation, Mary studied elementary education at Chadron
State College. She graduated in 1972 and dedicated her life to teaching
for more than 25 years for Scottsbluff, Bridgeport and Alliance Public
Schools in Nebraska and Wickenburg Public Schools.

In 1973, Mary met the love of her life, Lyle Shaughnessy (now deceased)
in Golden, Colorado. They married in August of 1974, in Scottsbluff and
went on to have two children, Angela (Shaughnessy) Berkey and Ryan
Shaughnessy. Mary and Lyle established residence in Alliance in 1976. In
1989 the family relocated to Wickenburg.

After retiring in 2002, Mary and Lyle moved to Sun City West. Together
they remodeled their retirement home. They spent time traveling via RV
and cruising to many exotic locations. Mary had a close circle of
friends and enjoyed reading in her free time.

Mary is survived by her children Angela (Shaughnessy) Berkey (Greg) of
Parker, Colorado and Ryan Shaughnessy (Jessica); grandchildren, Avery
and Aidan of Parker; brother Martin Ellis (Nancy) of Franktown,
Colorado; and niece Renee (Ellis) Schwarzkopf (Will) of Parker. Mary is
preceded in death by both of her parents, Vinton and Mary Jo Ellis.

Mary dedicated her life to teaching and was resolute that upon death,
her body would be donated to science in order to help others beyond her
time here on earth.

Mary has opted to have her ashes dedicated in Flagstaff, Arizona, with a
small family remembrance at that time. In lieu of flowers, the family
requests donations be made to The Arizona Alzheimer's Association or The
American Lung Association.

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