Mary Aurelia Ellis
December 31, 1933 – July 27, 2020
Beloved wife and mother, Mary A. Ellis, 86, of Beaumont, CA, passed away on July 27, 2020, due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). She will be greatly missed. Mary was born in Mobile, AL, grew up in El Paso, TX and came to San Bernardino, CA in 1963. After being widowed in 1992, she married Bob Ellis in 1995 and moved to Beaumont in 2003. Mary was employed by California State University San Bernardino in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences even before the campus was completed. After over 30 years of employment, she retired in 1995 and was celebrated as the longest-serving employee of the University at that time. Mary found her career to be rich and rewarding, filled with delightful students, staff and faculty. She made many close friends at Cal State. In retirement, Mary and Bob enjoyed years of travel both in the United States and throughout Europe, Australia and New Zealand. She and Bob were avid RVers and loved traveling throughout America. In addition to travel, Mary was actively involved in several organizations including PEO, Childhelp and Catholic Daughters of America. She loved to garden, play bridge, and host dinners for family and friends. She was a life-long Catholic and was devoted to her faith. Most of all, Mary loved her family and leaves behind her devoted Bob, her loving children Joseph Shepard (Betty) of Avila Beach, CA; Mary Lynn Sexton (Randy) of Seneca, SC; Timothy Shepard (Renetia) of Phillips Ranch, CA; Richard Williams (Kellie) of Seneca, SC; Bob’s children Mark Ellis (Renee) of Highland, CA and Karyn Emeterom (Uche) of San Francisco, CA; along with seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren (with one on the way!). Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Cecil and Imelda Pruitt, her brother Paul Pruitt, and her sister Doris Hudson. Memorial contributions may be made to Mary’s favorite charity, St. Jude Hospital (stjude.org) The Mass of the Resurrection will be scheduled for a later date.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Mary Aurelia Ellis
August 1, 2020
It is with great sadness that we have learned of Mary‘s passing. Though our hearts are heavy, we feel blessed that we are family with such an incredible person like Mary, as well as to all of you.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God empower you with strength and love. And may your memories of Mary comfort you, and bring you peace. Cherish those wonderful memories; treasure them forever in your heart.
We have many happy memories spent with Mary and the family. She always made us feel so welcome when she invited us to her home. Her warm, outgoing personality and energy added to her charm and beauty. And although she could captivate you with a funny story (maybe about another family member, or an amazing anecdote from her travel adventures), she always took the time to ask about you, to inquire about your life, interests, and events. She made us feel very special; she cared deeply for everyone around her.
Mary possessed a natural talent for hospitality. Like an artist, she designed and choreographed the most beautiful family gatherings in her home, complete with every fine detail. We will forever cherish those delightful visits with her and the rest of the family, where we were embraced with warmth and love.
Mary inspired us to be our best, to keep a positive attitude, and to treat everyone with kindness and respect. That’s how we will remember Mary as our loving Sister-in-law, Aunt, and Great Aunt.
Sending love and hugs to you all,
Rosemary, Kelly, Sheilah, Mark, Nicholas, Sierra, and Natalie