Ellen L. Morton, 75, of Benton, IL, passed away Thursday morning, August 18, 2016 at her home.
She was born in Benton on June 5, 1941, the daughter of Clarence Gilliam and Dora (Pinkham) Gilliam.
She married Richard Morton on July 8, 1961, and he survives.
Mrs. Morton was of the Baptist Faith.
She enjoyed bowling. She had worked at the Rosalie Shop, in West Frankfort for several year and had retired from Town & Country True-Value Hardware as head cashier after 15 plus years. Her granddaughter Darian was her world.
Mrs. Morton is survived by her husband Richard E. Morton, of Benton; one son Darin Morton and wife Gay, of Benton; granddaughter Darian Alexandrea Morton, of Benton; two step-grandsons Kert Williams and fiancee Shannon Browning, of West Frankfort and Colton Williams, of Benton; one sister, Glenda Downs, of Benton; two brothers Kenneth Gilliam and wife Rita, of Christopher and Richard Gilliam, of Benton. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, by her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Alex and Daisy Morton and by a brother-in-law, Loyd Downs.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at Immanuel Baptist Church, in Benton, with Dr. Sammy Simmons, the Rev. Eddie Paul Davis and the Rev. Derek Downs officiating. Burial will be at Masonic & Oddfellows Cemetery, in Benton. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, August 22, 2016 at Immanuel Baptist Church.
For more information or to sign the online guest register please visit www.mortonjohnstonfuneralhome.com.