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Ellen Louise Bleak

Though Ellen Louise Bleak passed away July 20, 2015 at the age of 83, she will live on with us in memory as a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, demonstrating in acts of kindness what it means to be a true Christian. Born in Rifle, Colorado in 1932, she was the youngest child of the late Kent and Nannie Wilson. She lived most of her life in Rifle, moving to Alaska in 2014 to live near her son Lawrence and his family following the death of her husband Fletcher.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Shirley Galloway; husband, Fletcher; and daughters, Nancy Nelson and Lou Ann Bassham.

She is survived by her brother, Cortland Wilson of Grand Junction, Colorado; son, Lawrence; and Debra Brackett of Nikiski, Alaska; grandchildren, Lisa and Chris Evenson, Julie and John Ramirez, Kevin and Becky Nelson, Jennifer and Travis Howell, Kelly and Kole McCaughey, Kent Claridge and Kelsy Claridge, Ginger and Michael Ray, Robert and Brandi Manuppella, Louie and Casey Manuppella; 18 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Untold numbers of children and youth have benefited from her time spent over the years helping in Sabbath School classes at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Rifle, and on Pathfinder outings, where she would demonstrate survival skills in the wilderness. She will be truly missed by family and friends.

Services are pending. Please visit http://www.alaskanfuneral.com to sign her online guestbook.

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