Ellen Joan (Ross) went home to be with her beloved Lord on Monday, July 7, 2014.
Ellen was born Oct. 12, 1926, to the late Alexander E. and Johanna L. (Voltz) Ross in Oxford, Mich. The Ross family moved to Flint, Mich., in 1937 and three years later to Flushing, Mich. Ellen graduated from Flushing High School, graduated from then Flint Junior College and also attended Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University). On June 14, 1947, she married Wendell W. Tupper at the Methodist Church in Flushing. Following their marriage, the Tuppers moved to the Spratt area where they had a dairy and berry farm. In 1989 they moved to Alpena. Wendell preceded her in death on Aug. 19, 1993.
Ellen worked on the farm right along with her husband until 1965 when she went to work at Alpena General Hospital, first as Director of Medical Records and then as Coordinator of Medical Staff Services. She retired in 1991. Shortly after retirement, she worked for a few years at Alpena Surgical Associates.
Mrs. Tupper was a former member of the Alpena First Church of God, serving in various capacities there including, Secretary of the Board of Directors for many years, Program Chairman for Women of the Church of God, Coordinator of the Keen Agers and for many years taught the Adult Sunday School Class - The Amazing Grays. She also served as Executive Secretary of several community wide evangelistic crusades over the years. She was also involved in Community Bible Study, Alpena After Five and A.L.L. (Adult Life Long Learners). Ellen also led a weekly Bible study at her home and taught a weekly Bible study at Turning Brook Assisted Living. Most recently she was a member of Ossineke United Methodist Church.
Ellen was an avid reader, enjoyed word games on the computer, and both of the live theaters in Alpena - Alpena Civic Theatre and Thunder Bay Theatre. Until her health prohibited it, Ellen enjoyed deer hunting in the fall. In her last years, her great-grandchildren were her pride and joy and she enjoyed them so much.
Mrs. Tupper is survived by her two daughters, Alexa Rae (Michael) Mathews of Midland and Cheryl Jean Allen, who had lived with her during the last years of her life; one granddaughter, Laura (Brian) Kelley of Freeland; three grandsons, Jeff (Amanda) Allen of Herron, Kenneth (Heather) Coombs of Midland, and Brian (Tammy) Allen of Temperance. She also leaves seven great-grandchildren, Morgan, Chase and Shaylee Allen, Kyle and Nathan Mrozinski, Kameron and Kevin Coombs. In addition she leaves eight step-great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.
Preceding her in death were a sister, Jean Jayne; a beloved sister-in-law, Gerry Conlen; and an infant brother, Jack Gordon Ross.
Mrs. Tupper is at the Bannan Funeral Home where visitation will be held Wednesday from 2-8 p.m. and will continue Thursday at Ossineke United Methodist Church from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 11 a.m. with Rev. Michael Kelley officiating.
Inurnment: Spratt Cemetery
Memorials: Ossineke United Methodist Church or Sunrise Mission