Sara Elizabeth Killebrew, of Madison, passed away peacefully on November 27, 2020 due to the
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Covid-19 complications she experienced while in the womb. Her parents, Dr. Alyssa Tyson Ellis
and Keath Gwin Killebrew cradled her in their arms as they faced the unexpected and
heartbreaking task of meeting their youngest daughter and saying goodbye at the same time.
Though their loss was tragic, Sara Elizabeth’s parents are determined to honor their daughter’s
memory both through their work as well as through their realization that our time on earth is
our greatest privilege and it should not be taken for granted.
Sara Elizabeth is preceded in death by her great-grandparents Mr. O.J. and Garnett Keeler Scott
of Gunnison, MS; John Tucker Pierce of Coxburg, MS; William Reedy II and Sarah Elizabeth
Wilkins Ellis of Lexington, MS; Gertrude Irene Killebrew of Tchula, MS; and beloved chosen
family member Sara Barrett Harvey Roberts of Madison, MS.
She is survived by parents Dr. Alyssa Tyson Ellis and Keath Gwin Killebrew as well as their
daughter Vivian Keeler Killebrew of Madison, MS; great-grandmother Helen Ferrell Pierce of
Jackson, MS; grandparents William Reedy "Billy" Ellis III of Ridgeland, MS; Sally Belle Scott of
Oxford, MS; Zack and Jill Killebrew of Thornton, MS; Pamela Pierce Killebrew of Madison, MS;
great-aunt Linda Killebrew Johnson of Tchula, MS; aunts and uncles Heather Ellis and Richard
Sellers of Ridgeland, MS; William Scott Ellis of Austin, Texas; Drs. Heather Killebrew and Sonny
Tutor of Madison, MS; Heath and Mary Taylor Killebrew of Greenwood, MS; cousins Sarah Scott
and Jackson Sellers of Ridgeland, MS; Lyndsey and Hayden Tutor of Madison, MS; Julia,
Katherine, and Olivia Killebrew of Greenwood, MS; and dear family friends Patrick Roberts and
daughter Margaret Montgomery of Madison, MS.
A graveside service will take place on December 23, 2020 at 2pm at Oddfellow Cemetery in
Lexington, MS where Sara Elizabeth will be laid to rest next to her great-grandmother, and
namesake, Sarah Elizabeth Wilkins Ellis. The family respectfully requests that everyone wear
masks and adhere to social distancing in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19. In lieu of
flowers, donations may be made to St. Mary’s Episcopal Church PO Box 63 Lexington, MS 39095
or text “Gift” to 575-55 if you wish to make a Christmas gift donation for children of
incarcerated parents in the Rankin County Jail and for children who are in foster care ministry.