Ethel Baker Callis, age 92, passed away April 2, 1995.
Born in Mercur, Tooele County, Utah to Alexander Steel and Margaret Owena Morgan Baker on December 14, 1902. Married David Marion Callis July 10, 1928 in Los Angeles, California. Later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple on September 6, 1955. Active member of LDS Church, served in many church callings and is a charter member of YWMIA General Board.Graduated from the University of Utah in Speech and Drama and spent her college years performing with the Maud May Babcock Players. After her graduation, she performed in Texas, California, Hawaii and Utah with the Callis-Baker Players prior to marrying her leading man, David Callis. Upon his death in 1934 she served as a casting director for Warner Brothers Studios and Central Casting Agency. She came home to Utah in December 1941 with her two daughters and remained in Utah where she was active in the Babcock Theatre, Pioneer Memorial Theatre, Promised Valley Playhouse, Silver Wheel Theatre in Park City and had a radio program at KSL.
She performed on local television until 1989. She will be best remembered for her many performances at the Silver Wheel Theatre.
She is survived by her daughters, Florence C. (William J.) Woodmansee and Margaret C. Morley; eight grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren who lovingly called her "Gammy".
Graveside services will be held on Thursday, April 6, 1995 at 12 noon at the Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park (Belmont Section), 3401 South Highland Drive where friends may call on Wednesday evening from 6-8 p.m. Funeral Directors, Wasatch Lawn Mortuary.
The family wish to thank the wonderful nurses and aides at Valley View Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for their loving and tender care of our "Gammy." We will always be grateful to them, especially Joy and Holly, who helped us though this time of sorrow and made Gammy's passing easier for us to bear.
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