Della M. Ely, 90, of Conway, passed away at her home, on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011.  

Born in Diaz, Ark., she was a daughter to the late Henry and Ona (Henry) Neuhaus.  

Della was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and was a member of the University Church of Christ. She had been an office manager for Searcy Frozen Foods, a receptionist for Searcy Medical Center and worked  at Pattie Cobb Cafeteria at Harding University. She and her husband Lewis D. Ely founded both the Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts in Searcy.

Della was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis D. Ely; daughters, Elizabeth Clair Bawcom and an infant daughter; and six siblings, Edward Neuhaus, Doris Neuhaus, Gerty Simmons, Hester Poole, Wayne Neuhaus and Hugh Neuhaus.

She is survived by her sons, Dale Alan Ely and wife Rebecca F. of Searcy and Wade Curtis Ely and wife Deanna of Conway; grandchildren, Bruce Bawcom, Mark Bawcom, Alan Ely, Melissa Eck and Wade Curtis Ely, II; step-grandchildren, Michael Robertson and Shawn Robertson; 15 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; a sister Lena Newell; and a brother Marcus Neuhaus.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at University Church of Christ in Conway with Ross Cochran officiating.  

Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. today at Roller McNutt Funeral Home in Conway.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Christian Relief Funds.

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