Ellen Claire Pearl Siermann Putnam, 98, of Denton, passed away on January 11, 2013. She was born on November 10, 1914 in Mangum, OK to Friedrich August Siermann and Pearl Sims. Ellen spent the first six years of her life in Oklahoma, losing her mother at the tender age of two. She moved with her brother, David, father, and maternal grandmother to New Orleans where her father subsequently re-married. Ellen spent her childhood in New Orleans, moving to Houston with her family when she was in high school. Her father died in 1938 and she subsequently moved with her step-mother, Bobbie, to Austin where she lived until joining the Navy in 1943. Ellen was a Navy WAVE, stationed in Washington D.C., from 1943 to 1949. She held the rank of Chief Yeoman. After her discharge from the Navy, Ellen moved to Corpus Christi to take a job as a Court Reporter at NAS Corpus Christi, a job she held for 30 years. Ellen met and married Billy Putnam in Corpus Christi and they had a daughter, Claudia Claire. Ellen and Billy were subsequently divorced and she never remarried. After she retired Ellen got to enjoy her true passion in life, traveling. She took many national and international tours and enjoyed numerous RV trips with friends through her 60s and 70s. Ellen moved from Corpus Christi to Denton in 2008 to be closer to her daughter and her family.
Ellen was a lifelong Presbyterian and was honored with a Lifetime Presbyterian Women’s Membership Award in 2008. Ellen is survived by her daughter, Claudia Claire Putnam Lynch, son-in-law William Clinton (Clint) Lynch, and grandson James Travis (J.T.) Lynch and his wife Jessica Lynch.
A memorial service will be held in Corpus Christi at a later date.