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Information for Theone “Sam” Barnes Chirin Ellis
13 December, 1917 – 1 August, 1995
 Idaho Press-Tribune, August, 1995
 Contributed by Helen Strine


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Theone "Sam" Ellis

     Theone “Sam” Ellis, 77, of Nampa died Tuesday, August 1, 1995 at a Nampa care center. She was born Dec. 13, 1917 in Modesto, California to Alonzo and Fern Barnes, growing up and attending schools in that area. She married V. “Wally” Chirin in 1935 in Reno, Nevada. They lived in several states until settling in the Treasure Valley in the late 1940s. They lived for a number of years in the Melba and Marsing areas. Together with their children they built a home in Owyhee County near lower Reynolds Creek where they mined until his death in 1959. She worked in agriculture and as a waitress and cook in Marsing and Nampa.
     She married Miles Ellis in 1962, living in Nampa until three years after his death in 1974. She then moved to Bend, Oregon where she was active as a volunteer for many charitable causes as well as the Bend
Senior Center. She returned to Idaho in 1992.
     She loved flower gardening, raising birds, and her daily contact with her friends and family She was an avid gardener who enjoyed the challenge of creating a showplace yard wherever she was living. Her love of seeing new places and making new friends was well served by her years of travel throughout the United States with her family and later with her senior group tours. She never met a stranger, only new friends.
     She is survived by her daughters, Nona DeDual of Portland, Oregon, Valerie Tenney and her husband, Michael of Bremerton, Washington, and her son, Ten Chirin and his wife, Laneal of Nampa. Also surviving are her sisters, Nona Thorson and June Kinnick of California, 7 grand-children, and12 great-grandchildren; and her longtime friend, June Cloyd of Nampa.
     The family suggests memorial contributions to the Mountain States Tumor Institute, Nampa, or flowers may be sent.
     Funeral services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, August 5, 1995 at the Alsip Funeral Chapel, Nampa. Interment will follow in the Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Caldwell.