Life Story for
Constance "Connie" Mary Ellway (Yates)
Constance “Connie” Mary (Yates) Ellway passed away in peace on March 5, 2015 at Meyer Manor Assisted Living in Meridian, Idaho.
She was born in Doncaster, Edenthorpe, Yorkshire, England on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1922. Connie was the oldest of three children born to Louis George Yates and Beatrice Annie (Gregory) Yates. Her siblings were Louis Yates, Jr. and Margaret (Yates) Shacklston.
The Yates family owned and operated a blacksmith shop in Doncaster, which has been in the family for three generations and is still operating today.
While growing up, Connie was very active in school, playing tennis and was also on the swim team. She was very active with the Church of England in England and the Episcopal Church in the U.S.A. Connie met our father in 1942 at the church in Doncaster. They married in 1944, but later divorced in the mid 1970's. The Ellway family had two sons, Michael and Philip. The family crossed by shiped from Doncaster to Halifax by ship in the Spring of 1947. They then took the train across Canada to a little town called Edgerton, Alberta. The family lived in Edgerton until January 1954 and then moved to Hailey, Idaho.
Our father was a Priest for the Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Hailey, Idaho and the St. Thomas Church in Ketchum, Idaho. Connie was very active in the church, organizing and being in charge of many different events. She made sure the church looked nice every Sunday.
Connie was involved in many different community events. She went to work for the community as the secretary for the Mayor of Hailey. She helped organize city counsel meetings, was active in the Hailey public library and the Blaine County Historical Museum, helped run the Episcopal Thrift Shop for a number of years, was active with the Sawtooth Riding Club and was also very active in the Republican Election Committee and helped run the election in Hailey.
One of her favorite organizations was the PEO Sisterhood, where she was a member for over 50 years, a great organization that watched out for her in her later years, while living alone. In December 2011, we moved our mother to Meyer Manor Assisted Living in Meridian, ID, where she received absolutely the great care our mother needed. Thank you Shirley and your excellent staff at Meyer Manor for taking such good care of our mother.
Connie is survived by her sons Michael and Philip; 6 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, April 17, 2015 at the Emmanuel Episcopal church in Hailey, ID, conducted by Rt. Rev. Brian Thom, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Idaho and by Rev. Ken Brannon of St. Thomas Episcopal Church. Burial will follow at the Hailey Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Emmanuel Episcopal Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 576, Hailey, ID 83333.