Ellen Clare Washington

December 26, 1938 – March 24, 2021

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Local business woman, Ellen Clare Washington, longtime resident of King George passed away Wednesday, March 24, 2021 after battling cancer for 13 years.

She was the daughter of prominent King George businessman Logan Veola Clare and Thelma Mothershead Clare; sister to Robert L. Clare also a local businessman, all now deceased.  Ellen was baptized at the age of 12 and was loyal to her faith all her life.  She attended King George schools, was a graduate of Virginia Intermont Preparatory School, Bristol, VA and attended Longwood College, Farmville, VA. 

Ellen was married to the love of her life, prolific local builder Robert Nelson (Bobby) Washington, now deceased, for 59 years. 

Ellen established “The Basket Shop” and Jay’s at the Circle in King George.  She devoted many years to her shops and made friendships she treasured. 

Ellen was truly “One of a Kind” a real Virginia Lady.

Ellen is survived by her daughter, Real Estate Broker Dixie Lee Washington Tolley; son-in-law Businessman and Singer Gary Lee Tolley, Sr.; niece Linda A. J. Clare; numerous cousins; and devoted friends, Jason and Gitie Renn who made “The Basket Shop” her own; and Betty Wonders, the world’s “Best Friend”. 

Internment will be private. 

In memory of Ellen, contributions may be made to Potomac Baptist Church, P. O. Box 701, King George, VA  22485.  Condolences may be left at storkefuneralhome.com. 

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Internment will be private.