Irene H. Ellis (Kempert)

Irene H. Ellis (Kempert)

Irene H. Ellis (Kempert) was born 20 July 1928 in North Dakota to Jacob and Wilhelminia (Lange) Kempert.

She worked at the Rio Club for 40 years, she loved her job, cooking, and the people she worked and served,

She loved to tell jokes, work in her garden, and flowers. She was a happy go lucky person and had a need to stay busy and help people. She loved music, singing, dancing, she did not need fancy things to make her happy.

She is survived by her daughter Donna J. (Jim) Wright of Newport, Washington, her sister Eleanor Arntz of North Dakota. She is preceded in death by her parents, sisters: Martha, Regina, and Delaine, her brothers: Barney and Edward, her longtime partner Phillip Wallace, her first husband William Ellis, three of her children, Linda Pendergrass, Jerry Ellis and Wilma Mallory.

She leaves behind nine grandchildren; Lisa Parker (Dave), Timothy Mallory, Lynette (Jim) Fitzmorris, Tara (Rich) Humphrey, Nanette (Billy) Buice, Lora (Trent) Mallory, Susan Tinsley, James (Jessie) Carney, and Kyle Carroll as well as seventeen Great Grandchildren: Alyssa Parker, Karrie Ellis, Jessica Parker, Brittney Buice, Jordan Carney, Courtney Buice, Emma Humphreys, Christopher Tinsley, Sydney Buice, Ryan Buice, Hannah Humphrey’s , Makia Fitzmorris, Lilly Carney, Gunner Fitzmorris, Aidan Humphreys, Eastan Ellis, and Tre Carroll.

Irene will be missed by all her family and friends. Her favorite saying was “If you do not stay busy you will curl up and die” or “The more you sit around the more your bones grow old.” Her Loving Family.

Sherman-Campbell Funeral and Cremation Services in Newport is in charge of arrangements. Family and friends are invited to sign the online guest book at

Sherman-Campbell Funeral and Cremation Services
PO Box 809 Newport, WA. 99156
Phone: 509-447-3118 Fax: 509-447-3247