In Memory of

Ellen B. Walsh

August 21, 1932 - April 22, 2021



Margaret Ellen (Butler) Walsh, 88, of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, passed away April 22 at her home, surrounded by loved ones.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 28 at Our Lady of the Presentation Catholic Church in Lee’s Summit. Burial will follow at the Lee’s Summit Historical Cemetery. Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 28 at Presentation Church.

Ellen was born August 21, 1932 in Watertown, New York, the daughter of John and Hilda (Farrell) Butler. She graduated from Watertown’s Immaculate Heart Academy in 1950 and Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in 1953. She then attended The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., on a public health scholarship in nursing. She worked at the Lee’s Summit Clinic and in the emergency room of the old Lee’s Summit Hospital.

Ellen was the widow of Thomas J. Walsh, her husband of 49 years. She is survived by her children Carolyn Walsh, David (Kim) Walsh, and Kathy (Richard) Nicholson; six grandchildren; and brothers John and Joe Butler.

Ellen was an active member of Presentation Church and St. Joseph’s Guild. She enjoyed reading, solving crossword puzzles, playing bridge and solitaire, traveling, keeping abreast of current affairs, cooking, homemaking and entertaining, and she was an avid fan of men’s professional golf, horse racing and the Kansas City Chiefs.

Most of all, Ellen was devoted to her faith, family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Little Sisters of the Poor Kansas City, Jeanne Jugan Center, 8745 James A. Reed Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64138.

The livestream link for Ellen’s funeral mass will go “live” by 10:55 a.m., Wednesday, April 28. The link is



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Where does one begin to write a tribute to such a wonderful mother in law? Since it is her laugh and smile that I will miss most, that it what is on my mind. Not sure what the most fun thing we did. Starting a conga line with her in a bar in Acapulco is definitely a fun memory. We had the whole place dancing with us to Toda la Vida and La Cucaracha. It was always great singing Irish tunes with her, especially Molly Malone, and she never once complained about my tone deaf voice! Her positive attitude was inspiring. Thanking God for each day when she awoke. She has been a big influence one my faith journey. Teaching me so much about religion and modeling prayer. Our one church snafu was when she wore one black and one brown shoe to church and we got to laughing so hard that we had to leave the sanctuary until we settled down – and that was the time we embarrassed my young boys at church. And of course, her greatest gift to me is raising David and welcoming me into her family. I have been blessed having her in my life.

Ellen always greeted us with a hug and a smile! I will remember many fun gatherings with the LS gang at the Walsh home. Ellen was feisty, warm and loving! I will miss her.

Loving thoughts to the family of Ellen. We never have enough time with our loved ones. She will be missed dearly
Condolences, Jayne Clancy
Alexandria, VA

We are sending our prayers and healing thoughts at this sad time. Know we are thinking about you.

Chris and Tom


Wednesday, April 28, 2021
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Our Lady of the Presentation Catholic Church
130 NW Murray Rd
Lee's Summit, MO 64081


Wednesday, April 28, 2021
11:00 AM
Our Lady of the Presentation Catholic Church
130 NW Murray Road
Lee's Summit, MO 64081