Ellen Mae Igney

November 29, 1936April 23, 2021

Ellen was born and grew up in Indiana, she was the seventh child out of eight children her parents had. At a young age her father passed away and her mother could not take care of all the children so Ellen with her younger sister Katherine were sent to an orphanage. She always remembered how exited she was when her eldest sister Patty asked her to stay with her and her husband. When she was in her teens.

After graduating high school Ellen worked in a few local stores until she met her husband to be James (Jim). They were married in Indiana and shortly there after moved to San Diego. She told me many times of her loving living near the beach, although she did not like the water too much, she liked sunbathing and walking along the shoreline.

When they were able to purchase their first house it was on Chester Street in Clairmont. There they met George and Dianne Ryan and became lifelong friends. A short time later they received a phone call that a baby girl was up for adoption. There was not doubt in their minds that they wanted this baby. Three days after her birth they took home their baby daughter Diane Michele Igney.

Another miracle happened three years later when Ellen became pregnant. After nine months their baby son was born, James (Jay) Lawrence Igney ll. Approximately three years later they all moved to El Paso Street in La Mesa.

The family spent time going to their kids sporting events and did their best to take a family vacation every year. After being a housewife for fifteen years, Ellen decided she wanted to work outside the home. And what better place than her daughters’ high school. She started off as a volunteer. Later she was hired as the school’s attendance clerk. Needless to say, her kids did not miss much school.

While working at Helix High School, Ellen met and became friends with many of the people she worked with. This wonderful group of people still met together for lunch monthly after they retired.

After Ellen retired, she started working on her favorite hobbies, arts & crafts. From sewing life sized dolls, she dressed as Mr. & Mrs. Santa to crocheting beautiful throws and any other crafts to keep her busy. Once her hands started to ache to much her turned to reading and her new passion crossword puzzles.

Ellen had a bad fall landing on her head, after surgery and not waking up after a week in the hospital, she passed away quietly in her sleep.

She is survived by her daughter Diane and her husband Jeff with their two children Quincy and Hunter. Hunter is married to Alicia and they have two wonderful daughters Ivory Belle and Luna Love. Also, Ellen’s youngest Jay and his wife Jayone who have two fabulous children Jessica and her husband Danny with their two children Brandon and Kayden and Jay and Jayone’s youngest, Jayson.

Instead of sending flowers please send a donation to Susan G Komen Foundation, 13770 Noel Road, Suite 801889, Dallas, TX 75380. Both Ellen and her daughter are breast cancer survivors.

Thank you all for your kind thoughts, prays and love.


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