Susan Ellis

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Susan Marie Ellis
January 22, 1974 - February 26, 2015
Susan Marie Ellis was born a dancer, spirited and free. She burst into the world as a ray of light and danced through life as a sunbeam, illuminating countless lives along the way. In the early hours of Thursday, February 26, 2015, at the age of 41, she completed her earthly journey and turned her light toward Heaven, dancing all the way.
Susan was born January 22, 1974 at Oak Knoll Naval Hospital in Oakland, California, to Henry and Wanda Lee. Wanda says Susan was a happy baby, content and self-entertaining as a child. "She enjoyed music and dancing very much her whole life. She could be a show stopper without trying."
As a Navy family, they moved a lot when Susan was young, packing off to Banks, Idaho; Millington, Tennessee; San Diego, California; Guam; Kingsville, Texas; and Brunswick, Maine. It wasn't easy to make friends at this pace, but Susan had a special knack, especially with furry ones. "Susan enjoyed animals and seemed to have a special way with them," said her mother, "even the untamed ones."
Susan developed a strong faith, active in her church from childhood. It continued to guide her throughout her life. Growing up, she especially enjoyed her Young Women's group and the special friends she made there.
Of course, Susan grew strong friendships wherever she went. Her death was marked by an outpouring of love from a multitude of friends, each praising her amazing qualities: Her kind heart for kids and critters. Her selfless, giving spirit. The love she shared with the people around her, easily and unreservedly.
In April 1984, the family moved back to Emmett, Idaho. The state began to feel like home to her, and over the years she especially enjoyed time she spent at her Grandma and Grandpa Parrish's place near Banks, Idaho.
As a teenager Susan attended and graduated high school in Cascade, Idaho. She was actively involved in sports, playing volleyball and basketball as well as being a cheerleader. She loved Cascade and all the fun things there were to do there, including fishing, camping, and swimming at the lake. Susan later attended Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho, choosing to study Science as well as Performing Arts. She especially enjoyed her dance classes.
The year 1997 found Susan moving to Nampa, Idaho, where she met Marcus Young, marrying him in May 1998. Their short marriage produced two of the treasures that Susan valued most: her first son, Ryan Baker Young, in January 2000, and her second, Carl Jon "Cricket" Young, in October 2002. As much as Susan illuminated the lives of others, her sons were the lights of her life. Her new role as mother to two busy, energetic boys became the most important one of her life.
Susan enjoyed dancing and teaching with a local clogging troupe until 2003 when she opened her own studio in Nampa, which she christened "Ultimate Clogging." She was wonderful with children and continued teaching dance and coaching award-winning dancers in clogging competitions until retiring in 2013. Throughout this time, two of her favorite students and top competitors were Ryan and Cricket.
In December 2005, Susan began working at Idaho Arts Charter School. She was successful and popular there, forever making friends and fans of the young people she worked with. She continued working there and loving her job for over seven years.
Around 2008, Susan met Fred Ellis of Nampa, a handsome, single dad who was raising four boys of his own. The Ellis boys were closely involved with Music Theatre of Idaho, where the boys danced and performed in Broadway musical productions, and their dad helped backstage. Though each of them had doubts, Susan and Fred fell hopelessly in love and decided to combine their two families into one.
On November 19th, 2010 Susan and Fred were married in a small, private ceremony. The two loved spending time together, their common interests including camping, fishing, and enjoying the outdoors with their small herd of boys. A year later, on November 11, 2011, the couple was blessed with a beautiful, healthy baby girl: Ashlinn Lorene Ellis. Both parents doted on their precious girl.
Just six months later, she discovered the first symptoms of synovial sarcoma. It marked the start of a hard-fought three-year battle. In the end, having exhausted available treatment options, Susan was swaddled in love and surrounded with family and friends. She died peacefully in the early hours of the morning at her home in Nampa.
Susan has finished her journey. The true mark of what an amazing person she was is how she traveled it. She put others first, even until the end. It's probably why she remained as long as she did: her concern for others. While we mourn her and miss her here, we know what God must have said to her: "Well done, thou good and faithful servant." He may well have waltzed her right through those pearly gates.
Susan is survived by her husband, Fred Ellis of Nampa, her children, Ryan Young, Carl "Cricket" Young and Ashlinn Ellis of Nampa; stepchildren Devon (Jenaya), Donovan, Brendon of Nampa and Ryan Ellis of Incline Village, NV; her parents, Henry and Wanda Lee, sisters, Michelle Diasson and Carla (Adam) Houtz all of Emmett; nephews Keaton Hess, Nailor and Quentin Diasson and nieces Angelinn and Chloe Diasson all of Emmett; her husband's parents, Denny and Cammi Ellis of Nampa; a cousin, Stacie Kilbury of Nampa; and Casper, her faithful and beloved cat.
On Friday, March 6th from 5 to 7 pm, the family will greet loved ones and friends at Nampa Funeral Home Yraguen Chapel, 415 12th Avenue South in Nampa. A Farewell and Celebration of Susan's Life will be held on Saturday, March 7 at 10 am
at the Christian Faith Center, 31 South Midland Boulevard in Nampa. An online guest book is available at
In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be given to the Susan's Gift fund, to be applied toward dance scholarships for deserving young people: Susan's Gift, c/o Susan Ellis Memorial Fund at Idaho Central Credit Union.

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Nampa Funeral Home Yraguen Chapel
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Nampa, ID 83651
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Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Mar. 4, 2015