Suicide Puts More Burden on Lake Diversion Widow


The widow of the Lake Diversion resident that took his life this week, said she’s thankful for the outpouring of support.

Rick Ellis was found dead from a gunshot wound East of Lake Diversion. He left a note in reference to losing his home because the Waggoner Ranch owner was evicting all residents.
However, we also learned Friday, Ellis was under investigation by the Archer County Sheriff’s Office, but since he died, officials say that investigation is closed.

Regardless of his reasons, his suicide has left that much more of a burden on his widow.
Annette McNeil Ellis says suicide is never the answer. And that she would do anything to have seen the signs in her husband earlier.

According to Wichita County Sheriff’s Office, the body of Ellis’ husband, Rick, was found Wednesday morning in a remote area on the Wichita River, Northeast of Lake Diversion with a note saying “Stan you took my home.” Apparently referring to billionaire sports team mogul and new owner of Waggoner Ranch Stan Kroenke.

“There’s a lot of things broken in our society, but the one thing that is not  broken in Wichita Falls, Texas is the love of the people here,” said Ellis.

She said she’s gotten lots of support and offers of support  as she deals with yet another devastating blow. 

Ellis said her husband suffered from depression.

“I wish I could’ve stopped it. I wish I would’ve known that it was that bad. I knew he was depressed, but I never knew it was that bad. I asked him to go to the doctor several times during all of this, and he said no we don’t even have money for a house.”

And she said for any residents on the lake that may be feeling down and out…

“Suicide is never the answer. If we can get that message out there, because if you’re in a desperate situation please reach out for help. Call somebody. Tell somebody how you’re feeling. Give people a chance to help wrap their arms around you and hold you and love you. Don’t take your own life, because you leave people behind that are going to hurt for a long long time.”

Ellis doesn’t know where she will go as the January 31 deadline to get off the lake approaches. For now she will continue to work in her pet grooming shop and is planning a memorial for Rick.

Both Lake Kemp and Lake Diversion residents have come together to help with funeral expenses. For more information on their efforts, click here.

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