Ellie was born October 25, 1926 in Winchester, ID to Glenn A. and Ethel (Lehman) Flory. She and her older brother and sister attended a one room school house four miles away from the family farm, all chauffeured by one old horse named Baldy. This was of course after the morning chores were completed which included helping prepare the farm-style breakfast and milking the cows. While growing up in the depression was harsh, she and her siblings were always well-fed, thanks to her mother’s resourcefulness.
Later on while her brother was serving in the military during WWII, Ellie being the oldest daughter worked in the fields while her brother was away. This strengthened her resolve to leave the farm and after graduating high school as Valedictorian, she enrolled at Kinman Business School in Spokane, working as domestic help to fund her education. After completion of her education she was employed as a secretary at WSU in the Poultry Department. Here she met her husband to be, Floyd W. Frank, a WWII Marine pilot then attending veterinary school. Following Floyd’s graduation they moved to a number of places including Heppner, OR, Laramie, WY and Astoria, OR. They finally settled in Caldwell, ID and began to raise their family. During this time Ellie stayed at home raising their two children, John and Lei Ann. Twelve years later when Floyd received a promotion the family moved to Moscow and Ellie returned to work in the Office of the Registrar and later in the Placement Office.
A very capable secretary, Ellie always excelled in all the positions she held, but she particularly enjoyed her work at the Placement Center, especially interacting with students and interviewers. This paid off for her as she was later recommended for the position of Director by her former boss, this commendation and the new Federal Title 9 Laws made this possible. Ellie remained as Director of the Placement Office until she retired from work in 1981 to allow her time to fulfill her new role as grandmother.
Ellie’s retirement allowed for work related travel. Floyd and Ellie found themselves in Brazil, where Floyd worked as a consultant for the Federal University of Brazil of Vicosa and later in the Caribbean, where Floyd served in a similar capacity with his very capable secretary by his side. Pleasure trips to Mexico were always on the agenda. Floyd and Ellie also served as Forest Service volunteers, manning the Forest Service properties in Hells Canyon at Kirkwood and Cache Creek. Golf at the Moscow Elks, a good game of bridge and gardening kept the couple occupied while at home.
Friends, family, wine, good times and good conversation with good people were always to be found when you visited Ellie’s home and we are sure she has gone to a better place where her wine glass will always have ice in it. She leaves a void in the hearts of all who loved and knew her.
Ellie’s professional honors include recipient of Alumni Resolution for Service to the University of Idaho in 1975 and recipient of the American Veterinary Medical Association Auxiliary award for outstanding work on national membership committee in 1968. She was a member of the College Placement Council, Western College Placement Association, Rocky Mountain College Placement Association, American Veterinary Medical Association Auxiliary, Idaho Veterinary Association Auxiliary, Intermountain Veterinary Medical Association Auxiliary and the Idaho Association of Placement Directors.
Ellie is preceded in death by her husband Floyd W. Frank in 2001 and her siblings, Gary Flory and Doris Flory Maki. She leaves behind a son John M. Frank and his wife Leta of Portland, OR and a daughter, Lei Ann Frank Johnson and her husband Roger of Pullman, WA. Her grandchildren include Tawny S. Szumlas of Pullman and Ian C. Johnson and his wife Erin Mae Clark of Winona, MN. Ellie also had many nieces and nephews that she card for deeply.
Memorials may be sent to the Floyd W. and Eloise F. Frank Scholarship Endowment at the University of Idaho.
At Ellie’s request, there will be no formal service, however a Celebration of her Life and Wake will be at 2:00 PM Saturday, February 11th at Rico’s Pub, 200 East Main St., Pullman.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow, and online condolences may be sent to www.shortsfuneralchapel.net.