Ellise Falkoff

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at White-Ranson Funeral Home. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Monday at The Temple Cemetery, 2001 15th Ave. North in Nashville.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Sunday from noon until the hour of services.
The family requests that memorials be made to Hometown Walk of Hope, P.O. Box 482, Union City, TN 38281 for the Obion County Cancer Agency.
A native of Hickman, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Estelle and Ellis Dobson. She was a graduate of Monticello Preparatory School in Alton, Ill., and she attended UCLA.
She married Julius Falkoff and they were life and business partners for nearly 60 years. Together they ran her family’s department stores, Dobson’s, in Hickman and Clinton, Ky. In 1972 they opened Falkoff’s in Union City and moved there in 1975. They launched a small chain of women’s petite clothing stores, 5’4” and Under, in 1981.  
In addition to being a businessperson, she was a civic leader in her two beloved hometowns, Hickman and Union City. While president of the Hickman Women’s Club, she founded the Rosettes, a club for high school girls. She started the annual auction for the Fulton County Cancer Society, raising more donations per capita than any other county in Kentucky.
As co-chair with her husband of the Community Concerts Association of Obion County, she brought well-known, live entertainment to Union City. During their 13-year tenure, membership grew to over 1,000 members.
Along with her husband and several other local families, she was one of the founders of the Jewish Center in Union City, which provided worship opportunities to the Jewish community in the area.
She was also a past president of the Third Review Club in Union City.
In addition to her husband, Julius, she is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Juli and Brian Sterman, and her grandchildren Max Sterman and Stella Sterman, all of New York; her son and daughter-in-law, Ellis and Julie Falkoff of Union City; as well as countless family and friends who were touched by her love and generosity.
Her sister, Flora Geane Gross, preceded her in death in 2007.    
Condolences may be sent to the family at the funeral home website: www.white-ranson.com.

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