Dan and Ellie
Ellie Sexton
  • 62 years old
  • Date of birth: May 7, 1954
  • Date of passing: May 17, 2016
Celebrating Ellie's life through our memories of her.

Thank you for visiting this memorial site for Ellie Sexton. We know that she touched so many lives and we invite you to share your own memories of Ellie, small or large. If you have them, please share pictures, too.

We will never forget her kindess and love.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Angie Arnold-Lucas on 28th May 2016

""Sweet Ellie, I was so blessed to get to know you when I was a custodian at Cromer. We had many little chats before you left Cromer, and moved on to better things. I missed our little talks. I too moved on to better work a year later, to FUSD- Transportation. You always were Happy, Kind, Sweet & Caring, and you had the Best Smile. You will be greatly missed by many. RIP Dear Ellie, let your wings take you home..."

This tribute was added by Chris Fonoti on 28th May 2016

"ELLIE SEXTON - Energetic, Lovely laugh, Lady through and through, Intelligent, Enthusiastic.  Social, Especially kind and caring, Xceptionally loving, Tireless in every task she took on, Only one the best people I've ever known, Never one to give up.
Ellie, you are so loved and no one will be missed more than you.  I feel your loss more each day.  There are no words that can truly capture the essence of your life and love."

This tribute was added by Debra Kamzelski on 24th May 2016

"Ellie stopped by the night before her transition .I feel so happy I was able to see her then.. Most of our last conversation on this Earth was about the love she has for her family. She always spoke with love for Dan , Stephanie and Nick. We often spoke of this love of what matters most while we are here.
I have known Ellie for quite some time but thankfully got closer in the last few years. I will never forget her because I really felt a spiritual connection to her. I will continue to talk to Ellie and I hope she has a little time on the Otherside to check in on me . I feel certain she will be a Guardian  Angel to Stephanie Nick and Dan . Love from Debra Kamzelski"

This tribute was added by ERIKA ROYBAL on 24th May 2016

"I always loved her smile and they way she would make one feel welcomed. Although she could be a little spitfire when she felt passionate about something, which I thought was awesome."

This tribute was added by Tina Burrell on 24th May 2016

"Every time Ellie laughed or smiled was a memory.  That is how I will always remember her...smiling and laughing.  I will miss you friend.  We always had each others back.  Love you."

This tribute was added by sherri meister on 23rd May 2016

"My Dear Friend Ellie,  You will be dearly missed.  You touched so many lives here on earth.  I will always remember our wonderful times together,our long talks,and the many times Dan had to call to tell you dinner was ready,while we talked the time away.  Good-bye my dear friend and rest in peace.  Love Sherri"

This tribute was added by Emily Cruz on 23rd May 2016

"Sometimes in life you meet people who you brighten your day from the first time you meet.  I met Ellie just a few months ago and I immediately saw what a beautiful, heart-warming, wonderfully pleasant person she was.  She was a blessing and I am so grateful I had the pleasure of knowing her.  She was a treasure. She is dearly missed."

This tribute was added by Kathryn Wertz on 23rd May 2016

"It was such a pleasure getting to work with Ellie at the various ALLSTARS retreats over the years. She was always very kind. My thoughts and prayers are with her family."

This tribute was added by Elaine Kasch on 23rd May 2016

"Ellie, it was so wonderful to see you just two weeks ago, to update each other about our lives/family and then to laugh with you.  Best of all, to give each other a warm hug (not knowing it would be the last time).  I can see the sparkle in your eyes, the beautiful sound of your laughter and your beautiful voice.  I will sorely miss you, yet the gift of friendship I will always cherish.  Prayers for love and strength for your family.  God Bless."

This tribute was added by Sara N Jim Cody on 23rd May 2016

"Ellie, this is your Navajo friend. I really missed you working next door to us this pass year. You were always so helpful and even going beyond in sharing your love, the sweet smile and joy you presented was God given.  Ellie, with tears in my eyes, we, my family  will miss you, they remember how you brought us eggs with a cheerful heart. Precious Lord took your hand, how awesome!  We will keep your family in our prayers."

This tribute was added by Sherry Erling on 23rd May 2016

"Ellie was the sweetest, and the most kindest person I know. She would simply just put everything down, and help a person. Working with her in ALL STARS was so much fun. I will miss her very much.
God bless her family at this time, and always."

This tribute was added by Shannan Scannell-Wells on 23rd May 2016

"You will simply be missed by all who were blessed by your light. I am heart broken that you were taken too soon."

This tribute was added by Pat Therrien on 23rd May 2016

"It's with a heavy heart that I write this.  I first meet Ellie when I worked at the Business Office several years back.  I was so thrilled when Ellie got the position as our front desk receptionist at Coconino High School.  Ellie was such a sweet, loving and kind person.  She will be dearly missed.  Thoughts and prayers to her family."

This tribute was added by Becki Smith on 23rd May 2016

"Ellie was a special Lady and a special Friend.  I still have a hard time believing she won't pick up the phone if I call.  I can’t think of another person who was always so happy and cheerful and dealt with frustrating moments (that we all have) with so much grace, dignity and professionalism.  She made my job easier so many times.

I enjoyed our talks about our “Dan”s and our families and our special times with our sisters. Ellie and I also worked together outside of FUSD, along with my daughter.  I always felt Danne had another Mom looking out for her and guiding her.  She always knew Ellie would help her with any problems she may have encountered.  When I lost my daughter Ellie held me and cried with me, as I now hold Dan, Stephanie & Nick in my heart and cry with them.  I know your loss is so great and your hearts hurt so much.

Heaven has gained another Angel.  Rest in Paradise Sweet Friend.  I will never forget you and you will always be missed"

This tribute was added by Gaby Garcia on 22nd May 2016

"I first met Ellie through All Stars, later worked with her on S3, and finally got to see her everyday at CHS. She was so sweet and caring, always considering and honoring others. It was always the little details that Ellie so carefully attended to that showed so many how much she cared for them.  We had so many fun and funny times bunking together at All Stars Retreats laughing, eating, getting ready in the morning, and other fun shenanigans! I was reminded of a very funny experience several of us ladies had about eight years ago when we went to see Mamma Mia in the theater. We were reminiscing yesterday about how much Ellie was laughing throughout the movie. After learning more about Ellie's Greek heritage, complete with stories from three of her sisters, it all made sense why the movie was so hilarious to her. We at CHS will definitely miss hearing Ellie's voice over the intercom and seeing her smile and hearing her laugh. Until we meet again... Love, Gaby"

This tribute was added by Marcia Lescault on 22nd May 2016

"I've had to wait till today 5/22/16 before leaving this tribute because losing my relationship with Ellie is still too "raw" and weighs heavily on me.  I will remember Ellie for our late in the day talks at the FUSD District Office Special Ed. Department when everyone else had left for home and Ellie just had to finish the details of a project she was doing for Diana Shaum.  She was meticulous and paid attention to every detail when working on a project.  Ellie worked as long as was necessary to complete projects, regular work hours didn't exist.  It was bringing in the project on schedule with all its details that mattered.  She told me often how she loved working on projects, watching them come to fruition - just being a part of that whole process made her feel fulfilled.  And she was good at it!

So Ellie - here's to you lady!  I will always remember and it's now embedded in me, your positive 'can do' attitude, your smile, and your willingness to help in any way you can no matter what the request was.  Your concern for others, your selflessness, was amazing! These assets will remain in my remembrances of you.  Ellie, you have inspired me to do and be as you were.  You are living on in all of us that knew you!  God speed dear friend!"

This tribute was added by Lisa Hahn on 22nd May 2016

"I will truly miss Miss Ellie, everyday she had a smile, a kind word, and such a sense of peace and kindness to her.  I looked forward to hearing her pleasant and kind voice over the PA system. She touched all of us each day and she will truly be missed by our CHS famiy and all who knew her.  Ellie made the world a brighter, happier, and kinder place while she was here!"

This tribute was added by Debbie Kelsey on 21st May 2016

"Ellie, as I sit her writing this tribute to you with tears in my eyes, I'm looking at the Christmas cactus you gave me for my birthday 3 years ago, with the last of this springs withering blooms.  I am drinking a cup of tea in your honor remembering your sweet kind eyes, beautiful smile and  infectious laugh that would brighten up any room.   I am going to miss our sisterly talks, even though they were far and few between this year.    I believe God has taken you to a far better place, so you can watch over your flock at all times.  Rest in peace my dear friend."

This tribute was added by Tammy Nelson on 21st May 2016

"Some people come into your life and make you a better person, Ellie was that for me.  She taught me how to be kind and patience with people who frustrated me.  I loved everything about her, but my most favorite thing and what I will miss is her laugh.  You know that laugh where she couldn't stop and she knew she was laughing at something we probably shouldn't have been laughing at.  I will miss her but she will remain in my heart."

This tribute was added by Joe Rauschenbach on 21st May 2016

"Ellie was a bright light in this world.  Her kindness and caring will never be forgotten..."

This tribute was added by Dylan Williams on 21st May 2016

"Miss Ellie was a very sweet, kind, gentle, and loving lady. Every Thursday she would come on the intercom and say "alright Panthers, time for you Thursday Pathways!" That always made me, and so many others smile. Whenever someone recived a Positive Panther she would get a big smile on her face and would get so happy. RIP Miss Ellie, thank you for the wonderful year, and spectacular smiles you shared with all of us. We will all miss you.."

This tribute was added by Vickie Covarrubiaz on 20th May 2016

"I did not know Ellie personally but I have many friends at FUSD that spoke very highly of her also my grandchildren go to Coconino and they told me that they are going to miss her smile every morning. I am very sorry for your loss. I have shared a candle with a beautiful lady."

This tribute was added by Konner Brackin on 20th May 2016

"I would see Miss Ellie every morning at  Coconino. She would always smile and say hello to me. She was a very gentle and kind lady. I always loved to hear her warm voice over the intercom. I will miss her, she will forever be in my heart."

This tribute was added by Emily Shafer on 20th May 2016

"I will always remember Ellie from my days working at Cromer.  She was always so kind, cheerful and supportive.  Years went by of keeping in touch after I stepped away from teaching.  Then I met up with her again when she was at the district office.  She hadn't changed a bit! Still the wonderful, smiling and helpful Ellie!  You will be missed Ellie, but never forgotten!  Blessings!!!"

This tribute was added by Debbie Mourtsen on 20th May 2016

"Ellie was so wonderful to me when I worked at the district office. My office was across from her area for three years. We shared many  conversations . Ellie was always willing to answer my questions or help me out . I will always remember Ellie for her kindness. I am so fortunate to have known her. She will be greatly missed."

This tribute was added by Gretchen Markiewicz on 20th May 2016

"I worked with Ellie at the district office for the last decade. Although we were in different departments, Ellie and I spoke frequently. We shared stories of our families and our travels. We talked about Greece. When I showed slides of my trips, Ellie always attended. She helped me set up the conference room for trainings. She brought me fresh eggs. She was always cheerful and sweet, even when she learned that her position would be eliminated at the end of last year. She was excited about her work at CHS and hoped that the new job might allow her to spend more time with her precious family. I remember a saying that people won't remember what you did for a living, but they will remember how you made them feel and every time I spoke with Ellie, she made me feel special and loved. She was one of the kindest human beings I have ever known. My heart bleeds for her family. RIP sweet Ellie."

This tribute was added by Elaine Keller on 20th May 2016

"There are some people in life who leave you with such a warm and wonderful glow every time you see them ~ Ellie was such a person. My heart reaches out to her family for the pain and loss you must feel."

This tribute was added by Connor Donovan on 20th May 2016

"I met miss Ellie when I moved here in 2002. I was in second grade going to cromer elementary school and she was working there. I now work at coconino high school and she was always so sweet to me whenever I needed her. Her beautiful soul will be so missed by everyone who got to know her. Her family will be in my prayers. Rest in peace beautiful"

This tribute was added by Dina Neuberger on 20th May 2016

"I was so lucky to  have the opportunity to work with this exceptionally sweet and kind person.  You made the world a better place, Ellie!"

This tribute was added by Christine Farrell on 20th May 2016

"I will always remember her lovely voice. Whenever I would call Coco I would immediately know it was Ellie, I never had the opportunity to meet her but I will miss her lovely voice answering the phone. My sincere condolences to her family and friends. FUSD now has another Guardian Angel.  RIP"

This tribute was added by linda romero on 20th May 2016

"Ellie, will miss your beautiful face and smile. God Bless, till meet again Lovely Lady."

This tribute was added by Daniella Watson on 20th May 2016

"My dear friend, Ellie Sexton: I remember all the good times we shared together. The breakfast with the "yaya" sisters and the Christmas get together to make cookies. So many wonderful memories of Ellie. Ellie would always bring us a little "Avon" gift. Ellie was always so thoughtful, kind, giving, generous, loving, cheerful, caring and much, much more. I will always remember her smile and her laugh. I will miss her friendship very much. RIP dear Ellie."

This tribute was added by avery brain on 20th May 2016

"I worked with Ellie at ESY.

Upon meeting Ellie for the first time, I thought what a sweet, gentle person. She was soft spoken and very feminine.

Once I worked with her, I thought WOW! what a DYNAMO!!!!

She was a no-nonsense business woman, taking care of all her duties with an iron-hand, yet still gentle and soft spoken; she got the job done.

She was THE most efficient person I had ever had the pleasure of working with and had a wonderfully Exuberant sense of humor :)

She was THE BEST of THE BEST! and will be SO missed....anytime my paperwork gets to me, and think no I can't, I call upon her take care of business attitude and think ...YES I CAN!!!!!!

THANK YOU ELLIE!!!!!  for making FUSD a brighter and more efficient workplace to be in!!!!!!!

What a great lady!

I love you!!!!!!!!!!"

This tribute was added by Jennie Villas on 20th May 2016

"Ellie was a sweetheart.  She will be missed by many.  Praying for strength and comfort for her family in this difficult time."

This tribute was added by Sean Kugler on 20th May 2016

"Ellie always made me smile.  No matter what was going on, Ellie smiled and checked in to make sure my family and I were doing well.  She wanted to know what the kids were up to.  Her smile always shining through.  Ellie spread joy and peace more than anyone I have ever met.  I hope we can learn from her and continue to spread joy and peace each day.  She has always been an angel."

This tribute was added by Beth Sanborn on 20th May 2016

"Ellie, thank you for making each of our lives better."

This tribute was added by Kathy Lozania on 20th May 2016

"I had the pleasure of meeting Ellie through FUSD, she was a very special person that always had a warm and lovely smile, Ellie always had a word or a hug when ever you needed it. My friend may you RIP"

This tribute was added by Rochelle Bronson on 20th May 2016

"Ellie was such a treasure.  I am so blessed to have had the priviledge of knowing her.  I loved her kind spirit.  She will always be in my heart."

This tribute was added by Jennifer Milius on 20th May 2016

"I loved Miss Ellie.  She will be greatly missed but forever in our hearts.  God be with you til we meet again."

This tribute was added by Kelly Lasley on 20th May 2016

"I had frequent assignments at Coconino High School this school year as a substitute teacher. Ellie was the first person I saw when I arrived each morning. I looked forward to our interactions! Ellie was unfailingly positive, upbeat, and cheery. I will miss her!"

This tribute was added by Heather Dankemeyer on 20th May 2016

"Ellie was such an amazing woman I have known her for 12 years and I can honestly say I have never met someone so giving and loving.

She always knew how to make me laugh and her smile made you feel like you were someone special. She was a amazing mother who loved her kids more than anything.

My kids were so lucky to have shared the All-Stars program with her, she truly made it an amazing program for all children.

I will never forget our time at Cromer and of course our cookie/karaoke parties we used to have, those are some of my best memories

Ellie will never be forgotten she touched so many lives and her memory will live on in not only each child she inspired but in all who were fortunate to know her.

Thank you Ellie for your love and friendship and your light will always shine

Love always,

Heather Dankemeyer"

This tribute was added by Sarah Calahan on 20th May 2016

"Although I didn't work with Ellie for very long, we worked closely (literally, as my desk was right next to hers), and we talked often. She was always so kind to me, and asked me how my kids were doing on a daily basis. She spoke about her kids and her husband often, and always with so much love. Every morning and every afternoon we had time before and after students left, to chat while we finished our work. We talked about our families, recipes, and life in general. I will miss those times, her laugh, and her kindness. Praying for her sweet family during this difficult time."

This tribute was added by LEONA JARCHOW on 20th May 2016

"Ellie, your beautiful smile and soul will be missed my friend.  God bless your family to give them strength without you."

This tribute was added by Russ Randall on 20th May 2016

"Ellie was kind, compassion, and sweet. With every interaction she was quick with a warm smile or a kind word. Truly, Ellie, we will miss you a great deal!"

This tribute was added by Kimberly Woolbright on 20th May 2016

"Precious Ellie, You always had a smile and were Love and Joy personified."

This tribute was added by Kim Hemingway on 20th May 2016

"I had the pleasure of getting to know Ellie through the S3 Grant approximately 5 years ago. I was always impressed by how friendly and helpful she was from the first time we met.  A lot of our interactions were via phone or email and it was just so amazing how her perky little personality was able to be conveyed even when not interacting face to face. Ellie was always so organized and many of us marveled at how she would have a notebook containing every step of our itinerary ready whenever we were scheduled to take a trip with the grant team.  Every single minute detail was taken care of and it gave us great confidence to travel across country knowing that she had planned everything for us ahead of time. Because of her ability to organize and just take care of any need I might have, I referred to her as "Saint Ellie" because she could do it all, even the frustrating things, with a smile. I will miss that warmth and genuine caring for others."

This tribute was added by Christine Cavolo on 20th May 2016

"The sweetest soul I know.  I loved working with her and talking with her always. Miss you and your smiling face."

This tribute was added by David Kominsky on 20th May 2016

"Ellie was so kind and caring, she always had a smile on her face. You will be missed."

This tribute was added by Patrick Ahern on 20th May 2016

"A sweet, sweet lady."


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