Ellen Louise Wilkens

Ellen Louise Wilkens, 89, of Liberty, Mo., formerly of Leavenworth, died, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016. She was born April 25, 1927, in Kansas City, Kan., the daughter of Leonard Eugene and Madeline (Stainbrook) Riley.

Ellen Louise Wilkens

On April 18, 1948, Ellen married Millard Ewing Wilkens in Kansas City, Kan. He preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Beverly Ann Oliphant; and a sister, Patricia Delores Degraffenreid; and two grandchildren, Molisa and Leonard.

Ellen is survived by a son, Carl (Margaret) Wilkens of Leavenworth; and three daughters, Marion (Rusty) Hodges of Sahuarita, Ariz., Nancy (Kevin) Elmer and Katherine Pyles all of Leavenworth; eight grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and 1 great great-grandchild.

She loved traveling and spending time with her family.

Visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016, at St. Joseph Church. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, at the church, with Fr. David McEvoy O.Carm. as celebrant. Burial will be at a later date at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Joseph Church or Alzheimer’s Association.