Commonwealth Journal


August 3, 2013

Ella Risner

Ella Mae Risner, 97, passed away July 28 in Indianapolis, Ind. 
She was born on Dec. 29, 1915 in Wayne County, Ky. to Dexter and Celia Elizabeth (Slagle) Parmley. She married Ralph D. Risner on Oct. 12, 1942 in Bowling Green, Ky. He preceded her in death on Nov. 27, 1985.
Ella was a graduate of Somerset High School and attended Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. She graduated from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Ark. with a BS Degree in Elementary Education. She taught 11 years in Quitman, Ark., and 10 years in Morristown, Ind., retiring in 1981. She was a member of the Indiana Retired Teachers Association and Arkansas Retired Teachers Association. She was also a member of the Quitman United Methodist Church.
Her many interests in life included traveling, needlework, vegetable and flower gardening, and cooking for family and friends. She also enjoyed being both a 4H member and Girl Scout leader for many years.
Ella is survived by daughters Pam McDonald of Indianapolis and Sharon (Kevin) Beals of Bargersville, Ind. She is also survived by a grandson, Judson (Tiffany Kaeser) Zeigler of Whiteland, Ind.; a granddaughter, Amanda (Ben) Mowery of Indianapolis; and one great-granddaughter, Ella Mae Mowery.
Other survivors include brothers Herschel Parmley of Canada, Charles (Pat) Parmley of Somerset, Ky.; and sisters Stella Parmley of Rushville, Ind. and Maysie Weaver of Somerset, Ky.
In addition to her parents and husband, Ella was preceded in death by an infant sister, Betty Jean Parmley; sister Marjorie Gahimer; and sister-in-law Vera Parmley.
There will be a private service in Monticello, Ky. with arrangements being handled by Hickey & Son Funeral Home. There will be no visitation.
Memorial contributions may be made to Riley Children's Foundation, 30 South Meridian St., Ste. 200, Indpls., Ind., 46204, or Franciscan VNS St. Francis Hospice, Franciscan Alliance Foundation, 5255 E. Stop 11 Rd., Ste. 245, Indpls., Ind., 46237.

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