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Diana Mae Ellis


1933 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Diana Mae Ellis Obituary
DIANA MAE ELLS 11/19/33 - 03/18/15 Diana, 81, passed away peacefully at her home in Riverside, CA surrounded by family on March 18, 2015. Diana Mae Sweet was born on November 19, 1933, to Ross Sweet, owner of Riverside's men's fine apparel store, Sweet's Clothing, and to Jesse Genevieve Sweet, daughter of Fredrick Stebler who established one of the first of Riverside's successful corporations, FMC Inc., which developed, among many other things, the famous WWII amphibious tank the "Water Buffalo." Diana's siblings are Phyllis Muratet-Quinn, Fredrick and Cathlyne Sweet, and Sylvia Hoskins, survived by her husband Bill. The children of Diana's first marriage to Anthony J. Coco are Steven J. Coco, Lynette A. Densmore, Thomas F. Coco, and Nicholette L. Coco. With her second marriage to Alan C. Ells, Alan's children, Suzanne E. Rice, Joseph H. Ells, and John C. Ells, became a family together happily and smoothly. The daughters and sons-in-law are Sheila D. Coco, Roy L. Densmore, Kimi Ephrom, Henry L. Baker, Jeffrey M. Rice, Adela Ells, and Jessie Ells. Diana's large blended family includes her grandchildren and their spouses: Amber and Brett Welch, Kristy and Brian McCormick, and Meggan Coco; Jessica Harrel, Ava and Shon Corydon, and Ryan and Kelly Densmore; Styles Ephrom and Blake Tinsley; Jake Ortega; Arin and Kelli Smith, Elli Smith, and Connie Wise; Joe C.Ells, Domino Ells, Kathrine Nelson, Danny and Henrique Garcia, Anthony and Julie Garcia, Vanessa Rosa Garcia and Julio Ramirez, and Teresa Garcia; Lana Ells, Christina and Andrew Cota, Diana and James Williams, Randy and Shayna Hawkins, and Ryan and Nikki Hawkins. The great-grandchildren are Riley and Tanner; Oran, Mia, Owen, and Oliver; Christopher; Ariah, Deja, Julio, Alize, Jesse, Anthony Jr., Abigail; Destinee, Heavenly, Thomas, James, Richard, Ethan, Mikeal, Shain, Conner, Liam, Kayleigh and Katlynn. Mourning her passing are her close friends Nick and Sallie Tavaglione, Jackie and Joe Tavaglione, Betty Graves, June and Bob Miller, Grace Jimenez, Kevin Walker, and Diana's sister-in-law, Jo Ann Ebele. A native of Riverside, she graduated from Polytechnic High School, Class of 1951, where she was a pom-pom girl. After graduating she married Anthony Coco, her first husband, and started a family. As her family grew older, Diana worked at Cresta Verde Country Club and later at Indian Hills Country Club as an executive administrator. There she met and fell in love with her second husband Alan Campbell Ells, having been introduced by a mutual friend, Jose Jimenez. Following their marriage, she worked closely with Alan to help design and build homes in Riverside, Texas, and Temecula. They built two businesses from the ground up, ACE Construction and Anza Concrete, while raising seven kids. They built a full life together consisting of hard work and many playful adventures with family and friends with getaways to British Columbia, Mexico, Portugal, and Texas. Diana was a gifted artist whose talent can be seen not only in her home, but on display in many homes of her family and friends. She created delicate porcelain dolls and turned artifacts into art through her china paintings. She started her own line of whimsy dolls that were adored. Diana's art work included stained glass and ceramic pieces for everyone's pleasure. Diana led a delightful life filled with generosity, patience, good humor, and elegance of style. Her home was the hub, a safe-haven where friends and family took honest counsel, celebrated family weddings, festive holidays and birthdays, or dropped over just to visit and enjoy her company and awesome dinners. She hosted several Poly '51 reunions on her patio overlooking Riverside and enjoyed bi-monthly card games with her close friends. Her door was always open. She will be greatly missed by so many who had the privilege to know and love her and were loved by her. There will be a visitation on Sunday, March 29th from 5 pm to 8 pm; Services on Monday, March 30th at 10 am; both at Acheson and Graham Garden of Prayer Mortuary, 7944 Magnolia Ave., Riverside, CA. A graveside service follows at Olivewood Memorial Park, 3300 Central Ave. with a reception for family and friends to follow at the American Legion Post 79 at Fairmount Park. The mortuary website www.achesonandgraham.com has information posted. In lieu of flowers, donations to The American Legion Post 79 would be appreciated.


Published in Press-Enterprise from Mar. 26 to Mar. 28, 2015
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