Janet Faye Ellis of Carlsbad earned her angel's wings Thursday, December 7, 2017. She was a young 71 years of age. Janet was born August 2, 1946 in Springfield, MA, but if you asked her where she was from, she would always tell you Montana. Janet's road to Carlsbad started at the University of Montana School of Law. She graduated with her law degree in 1996 when she was 50 years old – something of which she was very proud. Along the way, she worked as a judicial clerk in Montana and an attorney for the Navajo Nation in New Mexico. A friend suggested she take a look at Carlsbad. That look led to a job with the District Attorney's office in 2000. That job led to Janet adopting Carlsbad as her new home. Janet was very active in her new community. She volunteered with the Boys and Girls Club. She sat on the board, and, on Dr. Seuss Day, she could frequently be found dressed as the Cat in the Hat, reading to children. She also served as president on the Carlsbad Battered Families Shelter board. It was her work on the Carlsbad Battered Families Shelter board of which she was most proud. Through her work with state lawmakers and city officials, a state-of-the-art shelter was able to be built. Janet ran a successful private law practice until her retirement in 2012. After four years in retirement, Janet decided to run for Municipal Judge. She won the race and the gavel. Janet is survived by her husband, Eric Ellis; her daughter, Erica Ellis of Carlsbad; a sister, Carol White of Florida; a brother Floyd Johnson of Tennessee; a brother, John Greenberger of Montana; and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by a brother, Michael Janikula; a sister, Edna Diane Greenberger, and mother, Edna Janikula. Cremation has taken place and services are under the direction of West Funeral Home. Memorial services will be held at First Christian Church, 502 S. Guadalupe on Friday, December 15, 2017 at 10 a.m. with Rev. David Rogers officiating. Condolences may be expressed at westfuneralhomellc.com
In memory of Janet, she would want you to love and care for each other.