Esther "Diddy" Schroeder Ellis

October 16, 1931October 25, 2019

Esther “Diddy” Schroeder Ellis, 88, died peacefully at home surrounded by family October 25, 2019. She was born in Victoria, Texas, on October 16, 1931. She received her B.A. from Southern Methodist University and married Arthur S. Ellis, her husband of 64 years, in 1955.

Esther worked as a flight attendant for Braniff International and later taught school before having two children.

She was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority for which she worked tirelessly throughout her life. She was also a member of Les Femmes du Monde, Dallas Council on World Affairs, and Clipped B’s, among others, and volunteered for North Dallas Food Bank.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation or the charity of your choice.

Esther was preceded in death by her sister, Kathryn Schroeder Jericho and brother, Arthur G. Schroeder, Jr.

She is survived by her husband, Arthur S. Ellis; daughter, Frances Ellis Fox; son, Dr. Thomas S. Ellis and her grandchildren, Chris Fox, Charlie Fox, Chase Fox, Caroline Ellis, and Jordan Ellis, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church at 11:00 on Monday, October 28, followed by a private interment at Sparkman Hillcrest and public reception at the church.


  • Funeral Service

    Monday, October 28, 2019


Esther "Diddy" Schroeder Ellis

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christina cameron

October 28, 2019

I am saddened to know that Diddy has departed us. She was an amazingly smart and talented woman who was one hundred percent committed to her passions. I feel blessed and honored to have known her. I am a UT Austin Zeta and had the pleasure of working with her on summer rush for many years. So many Zeta chapters owe their quality pledges (and our lifelong friends) to her dedicated love for our sorority. In recent years, I had the delight of reconnecting with Diddy at book club, (Thank you, Author, for bringing her.) Please know we thought the world of Diddy. We appreciated her many talents, refreshing frankness, willingness to share her knowledge, and her dedicated, fun-loving spirit. She may have required that those around her live up to the standards she held dear…but that was always with a generous heart and willingness to help and encourage people to do the right thing and to be their best. I am saddened to have learned about her service after the fact and thus was unable to be there to honor her and a life well lived. She will be dearly missed.