Sharla Bea Ellingham, age 76, of Polson, Mont., passed away at her home Friday, Oct. 17, 2008, from natural causes. She was born Oct. 15, 1932, in Hoopston, Ill., to Charlie and Olive (Sloan) Holmes. She attended schools there and graduated from Hoopston High School. Sharla worked in marketing and research while living in Illinois. She and Robert Ellingham married in Las Vegas in 1960. After leaving Las Vegas, they settled in the Bitterroot area in Montana, namely Connor. They moved to Polson 13 years ago to live in their home on Kings Point. Sharla was a member of the Polson Foursquare Church. Art and reading were her hobbies. She was preceded in death by her parents. Sharla is survived by her husband, Robert Ellingham of Polson; and a son, Thomas (Cindy) Ellingham of Connor, Mont.; along with two grandchildren; and three greatgrandchildren. Condolences to the family can be made at