In Memory of

Judy A. Ellis

July 16, 1940 - November 16, 2021
From: Rockwell City, IA

On Tuesday, November 16, 2021 Judy (Jones) Ellis arrived at the fullness of God’s love. Mom made her way to her heavenly home surrounded by her loved ones and God’s beauty. This lovely woman was a master of seeing treasure in all things. Many would say Judy saw the world through rose colored glasses, and this day no doubt was even more than she could have ever dreamed up on her own. Mom found pleasure in dates and hidden blessings. It would have been very intriguing to her to know that she was born on a Tuesday and died on a Tuesday-- both dated the 16th. Judy was born Tuesday, July 16, 1940 to Albert and Julia (Dowling) Jones. She was their first born and easily placed into the role of tender caregiver to her younger siblings, Mick, Tom and Becky. Judy gave it her all to care for her brothers and sister. This became very natural to her as the years went by. Her childhood days were ones of innocence; going to the movies and babysitting neighborhood children. Mom knew the importance of her heritage and was delighted in knowing where she came from. Knierim is where her own roots began. However, when asked Judy could tell you of generations and generations before her that covered many counties in Iowa -- something that was a lifelong passion. On December 31, 1958 she gave up her Jones name for Ellis and became united in marriage to D. Dean Ellis of Jolley. This was just the beginning of her dreams coming true. Judy and Dean created a home full of love and children. Rockwell City is where they built their life and created their memories. Their devotion to one another was a witness to all they met. Creating treasures from tossed away trash and dreaming up ideas was how they spent their free time. Listening to oldies music while rebuilding furniture is how we can picture them in their prime. Farming was their life work and what they did together. Working the land and nurturing their family was their vocation as husband and wife. But in 1971, Judy and Dean had an experience that would change their lives forever. They made a weekend in their faith journey that deepened their understanding of Jesus and His extraordinary love for us. This date was very important to Judy because it was then that Fr. Larry McCarty came into our lives. Very recently in a tender voice mom said to us about Fr. McCarty, “He gave us Jesus.” These words are a glimpse of what her hopes and dreams are for her family. To keep Jesus at the center of our lives; to love and accept one another. Many could say Mom was a dreamer, and Dad often did, and because of this our lives were made for the better. Judy and Dean’s family tree has truly left an impact in this world and we are so thankful for their greatest heirloom they gave to us; eachother. Children…...Tony and Becky Ellis, Jon and Juli Ellis, Lisa and Steve Wozniak, Matt and Melinda Ellis, Heath and Pam Ellis, Julia and Blane Krause, Melissa and Jim Hindt. Grandchildren….Ame and Greg Buse, Michelle and Grant Riedel, Austin Ellis, Jonathan and Brenden Ellis, Benjamin and Joseph Wozniak, Brady Douma, Aubrey and Jordan Axelson, Ariana, Sarah and Sophia Ellis, Shelby and Nathan Eick, Sydney and Alex Tietz, Anna and Brayden Krause, Jonah, Isabella, Aaron and Eli Hindt. Great Grandchildren…..Luke, Ethan and Adalyn Buse, Reagan and Fynn Riedel, Jessa and Jay Axelson, Lacey Eick, Mary Tietz and two more on the way. Judy is waiting to be welcomed into heaven by her lifelong love Dean. Her parents; Albert Ray and Julia Alwena (Dowling) Jones. Her husband’s parents; Donald Keith and Elma Darlene (Chapman) Ellis. Three souls that Dean and Judy lost due to miscarriage and Judy’s sister, Becky Pfaffly and brother Mick Jones. And we can only imagine how far back she will be going on her family tree, because she will know them with all of her heart. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 am Monday, November 22 at St. Francis Catholic Church in Rockwell City, where Judy and Dean have been members since united in marriage, with Father Larry McCarty officiating. Burial will follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be on Sunday, November 21, from 3:00 to 6:00 PM at St. Francis Church with a Vigil Prayer service beginning at 6:00 PM. Palmer & Swank Funeral Home is lovingly serving the family.

10:30 a.m. - Monday
November 22, 2021
St. Francis Catholic Church
Rockwell City, Iowa
Father Lawrence McCarty
Deacon Jim Pfaffly
Tony Ellis
Jon Ellis
Lisa Wozniak
Matt Ellis
Heath Ellis
Julia Krause
Melissa Hindt
3:00 to 6:00 p.m. - Sunday
& 6:00 p.m. Vigil
November 21, 2021 &
9:00 a.m - Monday until service time
St. Francis Catholic Church
Rockwell City, Iowa
Ellis Family
St. Francis Catholic Cemetery
Rockwell City, Iowa


Sunday, December 5, 2021 at 7:57 PM
“To the Ellis Family, So sorry for your loss. Your mother was so very special and will be missed. God bless all of you. ”
- Todd and Anita Lyons

Monday, November 22, 2021 at 10:56 AM
“To know Dean and Judy was to love them. May God's blessings be upon your family. ”
- Lorrie Powers

Sunday, November 21, 2021 at 10:14 PM
“Your mom was such a sweetie! I loved getting to know her when she was Tony's receptionist. And the many times she would call me sis!
So sorry we could not get to the visitation or funeral. Sending lots of hugs and prayers.. Love Jane & Phil Cline”

Sunday, November 21, 2021 at 11:18 AM
“My sympathy to all of you! A sad day here; a glorious reunion for your parents! God Bless You!! ~ Joy (Lottman) Merrill”
- Joy (Lottman) Merrill

Sunday, November 21, 2021 at 11:18 AM
“Roger and I visited with Dean and Judy whenever we met, usually in Rockwell City. Fond memories and my sincere sympathy.”
- Marlene Glasnapp

Sunday, November 21, 2021 at 11:18 AM
“My sympathy to all of you! A sad day here; a glorious reunion for your parents! God Bless You!! ~ Joy (Lottman) Merrill”
- Joy (Lottman) Merrill

Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 3:36 PM
“I send my sympathy to all of you . Judy was a very special lady! We were classmates at Manson, born a few days apart and married our dear husbands about six months apart. Dean and Judy made a very special couple; I just wish we had spent more time together. Keep all your memories very precious.”
- Linda Brown

Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 2:04 PM
“Your mom was a truly special lady. I remember spending time at their home. Your parents were so in love, believed in their faith, and great role models for you guys as well as everyone they came across. They always had a huge smile and time to visit. They will be misses, not only by you kids but by many. Our condolences to each of you. Thinking of each of you, Ken & Colleen Monroe”
- Colleen Monroe

Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 7:55 AM
“Judy was one of the sweetest, most considerate people I’ve ever known! We graduated high school together and I saw her at class reunions over the years and always she had kind words to share. You, her children, are so fortunate to have had her for your mom. May she Rest In Peace and in the arms of her beloved Dean. May God’s peace be with each of you.”
- Marge Nelson

Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 12:03 AM
“Tony and Melissa and family, You have my sympathy. May you have peace and a special time together as a family during these days. I’m sure Bill greeted her after she was welcomed in the arm of Jesus!
Darla Morton”
- Darla Morton

Friday, November 19, 2021 at 4:28 PM
“Ellis family, very sorry for your loss. I just saw Sheila’s post today 11.19.21… Each time I saw your parents in Fort Dodge, I always went to say hello and got a hug and huge smiles from both. They both will be missed. Remember all your memories and keep your family close. Love you, Kelli”
- Kelli Knudson

Thursday, November 18, 2021 at 8:30 PM
“To the family, Judy was a caring, sweet lady who always had a smile. She was a distant relative (Ellis side), we remember some of the family reunions way back when we were young. She will be missed, keep your memories close to your hearts. 💕”
- Martin and Peggy Heinlen Hildreth

Thursday, November 18, 2021 at 2:38 PM
“Ellis Family, My deepest condolences to all.♡ I am so sorry to hear about Judy. You all have some amazing guardian angels watching over you. Hugs and Prayers! ♡🙏♡”
- Melissa Schumann

Thursday, November 18, 2021 at 5:46 AM
“Rest in peace, beautiful, loving Judy 💘”
- Kim and Amy Courter

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at 11:52 PM
“Ellis family you all have my sympathy for the loss of a beautiful lady. Judy is up there with Dean and they can watch over their large loving family.”
- Missy Anderson Maher

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at 11:42 PM
“I am so very sorry for your loss. She was an amazing woman . Prayers for comfort and strength. Hugs ”
- Marilyn Henry (Jeanne)

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at 10:08 PM
“Gerri & I send our sympathy. What a grand lady and always had a smile and kind word. We hope memories sustain you! Jane McCurdy ”

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at 7:29 PM
“To the whole Ellis family, I am sending you all hugs and prayers! Your family is so special and your Mother was such a great person always so nice, I thought of your parents as my Aunt and Uncle even though we were first cousins. I always loved coming to visit at the farm, warm memories and good thoughts, Love you all !!!!”
- Thad Jones

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at 7:18 PM
“My thoughts and prayers are with all of you - it must be very consoling knowing she is now resting in peace with your Dad and the Good Lord”
- Maureen Hobart

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