02 Dec Elline Rugg McKee
Elline Rugg McKee, our wonderful mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, aunt, and friend passed away peacefully at home November 25, 2016.
As we look back on her 84 years, we marvel at the heartache and hardship she endured along the way. She was preceded in death by her parents, her seven siblings, her husband, Ace, a son at birth and two adult children, Duane and Gloria. She suffered a myriad of health problems over the years that would have sidelined most people. None of it could permanently dampen her spirit or the joy she found with family and friends.
Her two daughters, Shirline and Gloria, settled down in the same neighborhood where their mom lived. The three of them saw each other or spoke to each other nearly every day. As families grew, it didn’t take long for Elline’s house to become “Grandma’s house.” She wasn’t always your stereotypical grandma. She took her grandkids to monster truck shows and mud races. But she also brought them along in her volunteer efforts with the American Legion. She grew frailer as her great-grandchildren were born, but even they look back on memories with Grandma McKee and smile. As the youngest and last surviving Rugg sibling, she also had numerous nieces and nephews who kept in touch and constantly checked in with her.
All of us smile when we think of Elline’s animal companions. In many ways, they were our pets as well. We grew up with them and loved them, too. But to Elline, they were faithful family members. She counted eight dogs and one cat that lived with her over the years. “I’ve loved all of my animals,” she once said. “It’s the unconditional love they give you. It just fills me with joy.”
She found joy while working as well. She had various jobs throughout her life, but most of her professional life was spent at Utah Paper Box. Numerous other friends and family worked there with her and it’s the company she retired from.
As time went by, age began to slowly chip away at Elline’s freedom and mobility. She was forced to move into an apartment community as the demands of a house became too much. But she was still close to family and she found new friends. Those neighbors who met Elline in the last years of her life say she was the popular one. Everybody waited to see her at parties. They admired her kindness, compassion, and even came to love her blunt temper that showed itself from time to time. Her family
thanks every single one of them for loving her and the devotion they showed in helping take care of her.
Elline grew up in the LDS Church, but became most active in her 70s, when she walked through the Salt Lake Temple for the first time. She found great comfort in the church and remained active right up until she died.
We will miss so much about her – her quirks, her laughter, the stories she told, and the love she showed. Most of all, we’ll miss her tenacity. She endured so much but kept herself, and us, laughing along the way.
Elline? Please say hello to Ace, Duane, and Gloria for us. We miss them all. Above all else, enjoy your reunion with them, and everyone else. You’ve earned it. As per Elline’s wishes, no services will be held. Please share thoughts and memories with her family at www.cityviewmemoriam.com.