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Ellen Lea (Downs) Singleton

April 1, 1937 ~ March 19, 2024 (age 86) 86 Years Old

Ellen Singleton Obituary

Ellen Lea (Downs) Singleton was born on April 1, 1937 to James and Dorotha (Sudduth) Downs in Weeping Water, Nebraska.  The family moved to Lincoln four years later.  The Downs family were members of the old Havelock Christian Church.  Ellen attended Lincoln Northeast High School graduating in 1955.  She then attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.  Ellen met the love of her life, Paul Frances Singleton, in 1956 at a dance at Pla Mor.  Paul and Ellen were married on August 10, 1957 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Lincoln.  They were blessed with three children – Christine Ann, Kathleen Marie and John Paul.  They lived in the Lincoln area for several years and then several other towns in Nebraska due to Paul’s 45 years with the Lincoln Telephone Company.  Ellen enjoyed helping the kids with 4H and FFA projects such as raising Suffolk sheep and cattle. Over the years Ellen was a secretary and bookkeeper.  She was a secretary for the Director of the Counseling and Testing Department at Concordia University in Seward for nine years and enjoyed her time there.  In her free time, Ellen loved her vegetable and flower gardens, and baking and cooking family favorites.  She especially enjoyed family gatherings and researching family history.  Ellen liked to knit, crochet and do sewing projects including quilting. She was a member of the Blue Valley Quilt Guild since its’ founding in Seward. Ellen passed away on March 19, 2024 at her home in Seward.  She is survived by her husband, Paul Singleton of Seward, Nebraska; daughters, Christine Monk of Eagle, Nebraska and Kathleen (Monte) Grossnicklaus of Wisconsin; son, John (Susan) Singleton of Seward, Nebraska; grandchildren, Jeremy (Carie) Bruss of Bennett, Nebraska, Kyle (Beth) Bruss of Bennett, Nebraska, Kristen (Donato) Lipari of Dillon, Colorado, Katie (Andrew) Steele of Camp Douglas, Wisconsin, Andrew Singleton of Fairbury, Nebraska and Justin (Amanda) Singleton of Staplehurst, Nebraska;  9 great grandchildren; sister, Helen (Roger) Huls of Beatrice, Nebraska; brother, Robert (Shirlee) Downs of Arizona; sisters-in-law, Laverna Singleton, Erma (Arthur) Claycomb both of Lincoln, Nebraska; numerous other friends and relatives. Ellen was preceded in death by her parents, James and Dorotha Downs; son-in-law, Kevin Kempkes; parents-in-law, Lester and Francis Singleton. 


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Gathering of Family and Friends
March 22, 2024

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Volzke Funeral Home
147 Main Street
Seward, NE 68434

March 23, 2024

2:00 PM
St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church
152 Pinewood Ave.
Seward, NE 68434

Funeral Mass
March 23, 2024

2:30 PM
St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church
152 Pinewood Ave.
Seward, NE 68434


Seward Cemetery
North Hwy. 15
Seward, NE 68434


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