Laura Ellis-Westwell

Laura Ellis-Westwell died of natural causes July 22 in Clarks Summit, Pa., at the family home.She is survived by her husband of 14 years, Arthur Evans Westwell.Laura was a member of Our Lady of Snows Parish, Clarks Summit, Pa.

A viewing will be held at the Pondera Funeral Home, 302 S. Main St. in Conrad on July 31 starting at 4 p.m.A Mass will be held at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Conrad on Aug. 1 at 10 a.m.A luncheon will follow the services.

She was born Aug. 24, 1946, in Conrad, the daughter of the late Thomas and Helene Ellis.She was raised on the family farm, where she engaged in truck and tractor driving, livestock raising and horsemanship.During her high school years, she worked in the Immunology Research Laboratory (now the McClaughlin Research Center) under an American Cancer Society Fellowship.After earning her B.A. degree from Carroll College in Helena, she taught English and choral music at Hobson High School.She married Michael Schneller in Conrad in 1969.After their divorce in 1982, she returned to school, earning a Master’s of Accountancy from the University of Montana, and worked as a CPA in Wyoming and Montana.In 1997, she earned her Ph.D. from the University of Oregon and joined the faculty of the University of Scranton, where she taught until her retirement.She was a member of the American Institute of CPAs, Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs, Montana Society of CPAs, Beta Gamma Sigma, Beta Alpha Psi and Spurs Honorary Sorority.

She is survived by her children, Ian Schneller and wife LaDonna of Elkridge, Md.; Rachel Schneller in Toulouse, France and Michael Schneller in Nanchang, China; twin grandchildren Cole and Carson Schneller; and sibling brothers Thomas and Char Ellis of Rathdrum, Idaho, Lawrence and Joan Ellis of Camas, Wash., Peter Chris and Judy Ellis of Conrad, and Patrick and Susan Ellis of Bozeman; sibling sisters Elizabeth Ellis of Spokane, Wash., and Kathleen and Victor Van Horn of Sparks, Nev.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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