Obituaries for August 7, 2016

Obituaries for August 7, 2016

Dorothy Leilani Ellis Zeffiro

Dorothy Leilani Ellis Zeffiro, former Miss Kauai and Miss Hawaii 1953, and the youngest of six children of former Kauai County Chairman William Ellis and Maria (Maraea) Pihaleo Ellis of Kupolo, Kauai, passed away at Wilcox Memorial Hospital on Saturday, July 23, 2016.

She was blessed with flaming auburn-haired beauty, vibrant witty personality, infectious sense of humor, compassion for the needy, love of family and a radiant glowing personality that exemplified the titles she earned as Miss Kauai and Miss Hawaii 1953. She truly represented Hawaii’s cosmopolitan population since she was of Hawaiian, Chinese, Japanese, English, Irish, Scotch, German descent.

Educated at The Kamehameha Schools and Kauai High School and following the Miss America Pageant competition in Atlantic City, New Jersey, she enrolled at Bryant College in Connecticut and later married college schoolmate Frank Zeffiro Jr. of Torrington, Connecticut. After his military service, Dorothy and Frank chose to raise their young children in Hawaii, making their home on Kauai in 1977. Her husband Frank, a purchasing agent for Lihue Plantation on Kauai, preceded her in death in 1997.

She is survived by sisters Edith Ellis and Winona Ellis Rubin of Honolulu; sons, Frank (Laurie) Zeffiro III of Connecticut and William Ellis Zeffiro and his family (Keola and Jordyn) of Kauai; daughter, Winona (Mrs. Shane) Nelson and family, Seth and Mia of Idaho and numerous ohana.

Private family inurnment pending.

Marjorie Jean Martin

Marjorie Jean Martin passed away on July 28, 2016, at her home in Kalaheo, Hawaii, at the age of 76.

Marjorie was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Martin, and sister, Judy.

Marjorie is survived by brothers, Bruce and Leonard; sons, Todd, Troy and Cris; grandchildren, Jeff (Jaclyn), Tara, Catherine, Hal and Chance and numerous other family members and friends.

The celebration of Marjorie’s life will be held privately at a later date.


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