After a courageous battle with cancer, Ellen Lois Datus, age 65, passed away in Broken Bow, the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 1. She was surrounded by her husband, Edwin, and daughters Michelle, Melinda and Stephanie.
Born in 1948 in Chambers, to Chloe Ellen McKay Harley and Duane McKay, Ellen was drawn to a life of service to others. Her biggest calling was taking care of people, especially her family. At home, she was a selfless, loyal and loving wife, mother of three, step-mother of five and grandmother of 15.
During her career as a compassionate and dedicated social worker at Health and Human Services, Central Nebraska Community Services, Golden Living Center and Central Plains Center for Services, she guided and enriched the lives of countless members of the Broken Bow community.
She is preceded in death by her parents; infant brother, Mark Layne McKay; and husband of 12 years, Duane Mosbarger.
Ellen is survived by her devoted husband of 19 years, Edwin Datus; beloved daughters, Michelle Bjornsen Sandal (Toby) of Beatrice, Melinda Bjornsen Prentice of Broken Bow, and Stephanie Bjornsen Myrberg (Tim) of Elkhorn; loving step-children, Geoff Datus (Jenee) of Fenton, Mo., Geri Datus-Ward (Jason) of Plymouth, Minn., Deb Spector (Michael) of Denver, Colo., Darcy LaRosche of Denver, Colo., and Dawn Wiegert (Kyle) of Fremont; 15 grandchildren, and a brother, Ron (Jan) McKay of David City.
The funeral service was held Saturday, Oct. 5, at United Methodist Church in Broken Bow, with interment at Westerville Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1221 South E Street, Broken Bow, NE.
Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow was in charge of arrangements.
Published in Custer County Chief, Oct. 10, 2013