Ella Mae Rothfus of Woodward


Services for Ella Mae Rothfus, 90, of Woodward will be Thursday, Nov. 21. Visitation, with the family receiving friends, will be held from 5-7 p.m. at Murdock Funeral Home, with a 7 p.m. prayer service following the visitation.

Ella Mae passed away Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, at Mercy One Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa.

Ella Mae Rothfus was born, the youngest of 16 children, Sept. 13, 1929, the daughter of John Samuel and Ella May (Greenawalt) Moore in Guthrie County, Iowa.

She graduated from Yale High School.

She moved to Woodward after graduation and met Verne Rothfus at the Lake Robbins Ballroom. They were married Oct. 19, 1951, in Blaire, Neb., and together they raised three children, Terry, Catherine and Jeffrey, on a farm outside of Woodward.

Ella Mae’s years as a farmer’s wife included partnering with Verne to raise the children, taking endless trips to the grain elevator during harvest, supplying many lunches and dinners to the fields and raising livestock.

When away from the farm work, Verne and Ella Mae enjoyed trips to Las Vegas, listening to music at Lake Robbins and spending time with family.

Ella Mae is survived by her children, Terry (Celestine) Rothfus of Woodward, Catherine (Marlene) Radebaugh of Rippey and Jeffrey Rothfus (Karen Phinney) of DeSoto, Kan.; grandchildren, Douglas (Melissa) Rothfus of Woodward, Caryn (Matthew) Brown of Grimes, Kyle Rothfus of Waterloo, Kody Rothfus of Lawrence, Kan., Brandon (Andrea) Walker of Independence, Mo., T. J. Phinney of DeSoto, Kan., and Sierra (Mitch) O’Neal of Spring, Texas; great-grandchildren, Matthew (Paylyn), Braydon, Isabella, Emalee, Haylee, Savannah and Rohan; along with several nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband on April 10, 2002; 15 brothers and sisters.

Memorials may be designated in Ella Mae’s name to the Woodward Fire Department. They may be left or mailed to the Murdock Funeral Home.


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