May 152013

Morley “Pete” Ellsworth, 84, passed away on Wednesday morning, May 8, 2013, at Sierra Blanca Nursing Center in Lakeside following a lengthy illness. A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 17, at the Downtown Chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, located at 300 N. 11th St. in Show Low. The funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, 2013, also at the church, where additional visitation will begin one hour prior. The concluding service and interment will immediately follow at the Show Low Cemetery.
Pete was born on Dec. 4, 1928, in Show Low to the late Whittie and Blanche (Moody) Ellsworth.
He married his forever sweetheart, Elizabeth “Betty Jo” Warner on July 26, 1946. They most recently celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary together.
Pete was a longtime employee of the Arizona Department of Transportation. When he retired, he was a maintenance supervisor. Also, throughout his long life, Pete was a rancher and a rodeo cowboy. He won the Arizona Rodeo Association (ARA) State Championship for bullriding and bulldogging. He worked some time for AG Credit and enjoyed working there more than any other place. He always looked forward to traveling throughout the state to visit with other cattlemen to count their livestock and strengthen friendships. Wherever he wore his hat, Pete was well liked and respected for his personal integrity.
He loved his dogs. He always looked forward to taking them on mountain lion and black bear hunts. Some years back, Pete held the Arizona record for black bear, narrowly missing the national record by an eighth of an inch.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Jo Ellsworth of Show Low; two sons, Wes (Charlie) Ellsworth and Flynn Ellsworth, both of Show Low; a sister, Zola Rova of Show Low; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Along with his parents, Pete was preceded in death by a son, Larry Ellsworth; three brothers: Lamell Ellsworth, Larry Ellsworth and Monroe Ellsworth; and a sister, Lavina Trulock.
Owens Livingston Mortuary-White Mountain Chapel was in charge of the arrangements.Ellsworth, Pete