Lasting Memories

Mary Jane Ellis
Nov. 19, 1925-May 5, 2013
Saratoga, California

Mary Jane Ellis died May 5, 2013, in Saratoga, California. She was 87. A native of Houston, Texas, daughter of Stephen and Mattie Loy, Mary Jane graduated from University of Houston, a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority. Mary Jane was a proud Texan who lived in Houston, Corpus Christi, and Dallas with her husband Loyd Evan Ellis.

They moved to California in 1957, raising their family in Woodside and La Canada. They spent 12 years in Menlo Park, and retired to Saratoga in 2008.

Mary Jane was a homemaker, and an active community volunteer. She was president of several PTAs and the National Assistance League (La Canada), and was a strong advocate for music in the public schools. She was a wonderful cook and hostess, and a dignified Southern lady who loved reading and words. Her family gave her great joy. She was a dog lover extraordinaire. Friends often joked that if they were ever reincarnated, they would "love to come back as one of Mary Jane’s dogs."

Mary Jane is survived by her husband of 68 years, Loyd Evan Ellis; her daughters Terry Liebowitz of Castro Valley, and Patty Ellis of Danville; and son Evan Ellis (Wendy) of Woodside; 7 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and a brother Stephen G. Loy of Houston. The family wishes to thank the Saratoga Retirement Community for their compassionate care.