Barbara G. Ellis

Services for Barbara G. Ellis were held January 19, 2005, at the Allen Funeral Home in Mesa, AZ, with interment at the Queens of Heaven cemetery in Mesa. Pastor Susan Schubert of New Creation Lutheran Church in Gilbert, AZ, was the officiating pastor.

Pallbearers for the service were her nephews, David and Larry Vernon, Anthony Madrid, Kelly Gerdon and Dan Vance, and her niece, Sandy Miller.

Barbara Geraldine Ellis, Barb or Bobby to her family and friends, was born September 30, 1937, in Pueblo, CO, and passed away in Mesa, AZ, at Hospice of the Valley on January 16, 2005.

Barb grew up in Pueblo and lived there until she moved to Garden City, KS, to be with her future husband, Sanford “Sandy” Ellis. They were united in marriage on Nov. 18, 1980, in Midland, SD.

Barbara had two children from her first marriage, Ronald and Brenda Lee Cochran. Brenda preceded her mother in death as a young woman. Barbara was blessed with five grandchildren, Ronald’s children Ashley and Joshua; step-children, Amanda and Jason; and Brenda’s son, Jeremy.

Barb and Sandy moved to Tucson, AZ, in 1981 and lived there until their retirement in 1998. They co-managed a newspaper distribution with Barb doing all the “paperwork” since she was so good with numbers. They moved to Mesa in December of 1998 to be near family and have resided in the Windsor Trailer Park since that time. They also have a home in Midland, SD, and spent most summers there during the past seven years.

Barb was known and loved for many things … her appreciation of life that resounded in her deep and joyful laugh, her skilled embroidery handiwork that showed on countless sets of pillowcases, all of which she gave away as gifts to those for whom she wanted to show love and appreciation. The doctors and nurses associated with her radiation treatment all received pillowcases during her time with them, something that had probably not ever happened to them before.

Barb was great at card games and some of our fondest memories are of her and Mamie Johnson battling it out for the 500 rummy champion. No member of Barb’s family ever went without a birthday or anniversary card from her, always on time and with a thoughtful message. Barb was an incredibly gentle person who, as her husband said, “never hurt a living creature on earth.” She will be greatly missed by all those whom she loved and who loved her dearly.

In addition to her daughter, Barb was preceded in death by her parents, Lloyd and Sylvia Kindred, and two sisters, Maxine and Thelma.

Leaving to remember her always is her devoted husband of 23 years, Sanford; her son, Ronald and his wife, Fran; grandchildren Ashley, Joshua, Amanda, Jason and Jeremy; three sisters, Karyl Mannunzio, Imogene Stanley and Phyllis (David) Vernon; two brothers, Eugene Kindred and Wayne (Shirley) Kindred; a brother-in-law, Alfred Ellis; and sisters-in-law, Shila Oberembt, Aldene (Allen) Towne, and Sandra (Bill) Johnson.

She also leaves many, many nieces and nephews who will never forget their beloved Aunt Barb or Aunt Bobby.