Obituary: Catherine Ellerton
Catherine Ellerton, 80, died on August 26, 2021 at her home in Overton, NV. She was born on August 7, 1941 in Whitehall, MT, to John Morton and Teresa Zimmerman.
Catherine had a talent for music, which manifested itself from an early age. In elementary school, she entered a singing competition in Butte, MT singing “Someday My Prince Will Come”. She won first place and she got to sing the song on the local radio station. She practiced the piano and played in the school orchestra. She and her sister would take dance lessons. The costumes of the time were made of crepe paper.
She left Montana to attend Washington State University. After which she worked at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, MO. She then took a leap of faith by following her singing teacher to Los Angeles, California. She worked for the Screen Actors Guild, in addition, she performed in many theaters and opera houses. She often performed on the radio, where she sang and explained the tunes she performed.
Catherine then met James Erwin Ellerton, and they were married in Whitehall, MT in 1979. She loved and helped raise her son, Kevin Carl Ellerton, and they lived in Montana on the family ranch. They loved welcoming foreign students. Catherine volunteered at the Jefferson Valley Museum for many years and wrote many stories for the Jefferson Valley, MT newspaper. After their retirement and move to Overton, NV, she joined the Moapa Valley Art Guild, the Zephyr Singers, and wrote for the local Moapa Valley Progress.
Catherine is survived by her grandchildren: Ashtyn and Kyler; daughter-in-law, Brandi Ellerton; sisters: Helen Caraveo and Frances Morton; her in-laws, Randall (Laura) Ellerton, Katherine (Stan Gardener) Ellerton, Jolene Ellerton and Clint Ellerton; and his nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her husband, Jim Ellerton; his son, Kevin Ellerton, and his brother, Jack Wegener.
A celebration of life will take place at a later date. Instead of flowers, the family is asking for memorials to be made at the Jefferson Valley Museum and the Moapa Valley Art Guild.
The family invites you to leave a message or a souvenir in their guestbook on www.moapavalleymortuary.com.