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Mary Jane Ellis Nov. 19, 1925 - May 5, 2013 Resident of Saratoga Mary Jane Ellis died May 5, 2013, in Saratoga, California. 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, an active community volunteer. She was president of several PTAs and the National Assistance League, 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, 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. Services will be private. Contributions to Northern California Golden Retriever Rescue can be made in Mary Jane's name (www.golden-rescue.org Please select "Memorial" from the drop-down menu).
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on May 10, 2013
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