James Lee Ely

James Lee Ely

James Lee Ely, 65 finally lost his battle with cancer on Aug. 18, 2015. “Jim” was born in Puyallup, Washington on April 9, 1950. Jim was a proud father, grandfather and veteran, having served in the US Army during the Vietnam War.

Despite an ongoing battle with cancer that continued to disrupt Jim’s life for nearly two decades and robbed him of his voice five years ago, Jim had a real love of life. He took joy in the companionship and “conversation” he shared with neighbors and family through digital media and the written word. He enjoyed faith and fellowship with his church family at the First Southern Baptist Church in Hawthorne and continued to have coffee every morning with close friends at the El Cap until his very last days.

He loved his Hawthorne home and built strong bonds and amazing friendships here. He communicated without words and somehow his sense of humor and playful personality always reflected through his bright blue eyes, smiles, shrugs and gestures.

Jim reunites with his true love, his late wife, Vicki Ely, who lost her own struggle with cancer Sept. 8, 2007.

Jim is survived by his sister, Joyce Mayfield, currently residing in California.

Jim is survived by his only child, a daughter; Amber Janae Jaber (36), grand-daughter; Danitra Davis (19), grand-daughter; Alayna Jaber (17), grand-son; Braden Jaber (12), all currently residing in Florida. Jim is also survived by multiple cousins and extended family residing in North Eastern Washington.

Please join us Saturday, Aug. 29 at 2 p.m. at the Hawthorne VFW Post 2313 located at 890 “A” Street in Hawthorne, NV 89415 for a flag ceremony, celebration of life, fellowship and faith. Friends are invited to share memories and stories. Potluck dinner to follow.

All are welcome to participate.