Mt. Vernon Register-News


March 27, 2014

Vivian Gorrell

Vivian Ellis Gorrell, formerly of Mt. Vernon, passed away at the McLean County Nursing Home in Normal on March 22, 2014.

Her funeral will be 11 a.m. March 31, at Smith Funeral Home in Morgantown, Ky. Burial will follow at Threlkel Cemetery in Roundhill, Ky.

Vivian was born Oct. 13, 1919, in Rochester, Ky., the daughter of Theodore and Vena Suddeth Ellis. She married James H. Gorrell on Jan. 11, 1940, in Princeton, Ind. He died June 12, 1978.

She is survived by three sons, William T. (Toni), Normal, John G. (Joann), Fayetteville, Ga. and Paul R., Norris City; one daughter, Polly K. Burnsed (Bill), Cave Creek, Ariz.; one daughter-in-law, Lida Gorrell, Calgary, Canada; 12 grandchildren, Jeremy Gorrell (Michelle), Hillary Gorrell Nevins (Jeff), Jessica Hooten (Joseph), Elizabeth Parker (Matthew), Janet Gorrell, Tom Gorrell, Brooke Pulliam (Steve), Amanda Johnson, Jon Burnsed (Katrina), Harley Gorrell, Andrea Gorrell and Lora Leigh Chrystal (Jason); 18 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, cousins including Edith Gary and Myra Woosley and other extended family.

Vivian was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Kenneth (infant), Wallace Ellis, Lloyd Ellis and Edward Ellis; two sisters, Grady Smith and Nell Basham; two brothers-in-law, George Smith and Homer “Tuck” Basham; one sister-in-law, Nada Ellis; one son, James W. Gorrell; one grandson, Paul W. Burnsed; and one great-granddaughter, Abigail Sarah Gorrell.

She graduated from Reedyville High School, Reedyville, Ky., in 1938, from Rend Lake Community College, Ina, in 1970, and from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, in 1972 with a B.S. in Elementary- Special Education. Vivian taught fifth grade and remedial reading at Bethel Grade School in Mt. Vernon and also served as a substitute teacher in Mt. Vernon area schools.

Vivian was a loving daughter, sister, mother, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother and will leave behind fond memories with those who loved and cared for her.

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