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Ellen Eileen Hames, 77

| May 13, 2024 12:00 AM

Ellen Eileen Hames, 77, born Dec. 12, 1946 in Scobey, to Bill and Mae Hames, passed away on Thursday, March 21, 2024, in Spokane Valley, Washington. 

A 1965 graduate from Peerless High School in Peerless, Ellen married Kenneth Kjos that same year, December of 1965, and together they raised four children, Ken Jr., Dirk, Melissa, and Denise.  

In 1988 Ellen graduated with a Nursing degree from Miles City Community College in Miles City, and worked as an RN at the Kalispell Regional Medical Center. 

Ellen loved spending time with her family, going to the grandchildren’s events, being in her yard, tending to the flower beds, quilting and spoiling her pets. She also liked the outdoors, especially when hiking and kayaking and participating in her quilting and Bible study groups. 

In life, Ellen always looked for the positive in people and in every situation. She was full of joy, happiness and her friendly spirit was so genuine even strangers could feel it.  

She is survived by two sons, Ken Kjos (Darci) and their children Karissa and Kalli; Dirk Kjos and his three children, Karrington, Kassidy and Hudson; two daughters, Melissa Kjos- Peterson and her two children, Chloe and Ava; Denise Cameau (Randolph) and their children, Kendahl and Mekhi; three sisters, Debbie, Wanda and Winifred “Snoop”.  

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, James and Clarence; and her sister, Norma. 

A celebration of life will take place Aug. 15, in Spokane Valley. To share memories of Ellen and leave condolences for the family, please visit Ellen’s Tribute Wall at