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.

Posted by LEONA JARCHOW on May 9, 2022
Happy Heavenly Birthday Ms. Ellie!
Posted by Chris Fonoti on May 17, 2021
I think of you, Ellie, every single time I see an old model Suberu Outback (especially the maroon ones) goes by., so you know I think of you often... have you run across Georgia yet? I so miss you!
Posted by avery brain on May 17, 2021
Anytime I go over to the district office and I pass the spot where Ellie always parked her trusty old vehicle, I have a moment of silence and remember what a special a person Ellie truly was, so full of life, joy, and compassion! Miss you my friend!
Posted by LEONA JARCHOW on May 17, 2021
Miss you my friend....
Posted by Chris Fonoti on May 17, 2020
Ellie...I thought about you just yesterday. Missing my friends in Flagstaff and remembered how you were the hub in the wheel that brought us all together at least once a year. You were always there for everyone.  I miss you more than anyone can know. When God takes the best first is the reason I question "God is good."
Hope you are with us again, somewhere, or enjoying Heaven as you so deserve.
Posted by avery brain on May 17, 2020
Just seeing her beautiful face again, her smile; I can hear her infectious laugh right now, how I enjoyed any time spent with her! Makes me cry and laugh at the same time! 
Ellie you are a beautiful spirit and you will be FOREVER missed. I love you dearly! Avery
Posted by Debbie Kelsey on May 17, 2020
Oh how I miss you. I think of you often. Every time my Christmas cactus blooms all year long or as I make myself a cup of tea my thought turns to you and your kindness and our conversations. You will forever be with me in spirit.
Posted by Kimberly Woolbright on May 17, 2019
Ellie you are forever in my heart.
Posted by LEONA JARCHOW on May 17, 2019
Miss you Ms. Ellie!
Posted by Rochelle Bronson on May 13, 2019
Miss you Ellie. You touched so many every day.
Posted by Chris Fonoti on May 7, 2019
Dear Ellie... Like so many others have written, I think of you very often, especially when I see an old maroon Subaru. Funny how many I see every week. It's almost like you are speaking to me. I do miss you and wish that everyone I meet was as kind and loving as you. This would be a much better world. You left us way too soon and had so much more life to live.
Stephanie, I was just thinking that this was about the time we all gathered together to remember your mom and refresh our friendships. You are truly your mother's daughter. I know you will do her memory proud everywhere you go go and in everything you do. Thank you for sending this reminder. Not that I need one to remember your mom. She was a great lady. I loved her and loved all that she stood for. Love you too and wish you a great life.
Posted by Stephanie Stinski on May 7, 2019
Happy birthday to my Mom! She would be 65 years old today.
As I see flowers blooming, I think of her and her kindness. She was truly a woman of spring, her smile and laughter brought warmth to everyone around her. I can't believe it has been almost three years since I have been able to share conversation and tea with her, to hear her laugh, to feel the warmth of her hugs.
And I know I'm not the only one. I'm so thankful for her friends and coworkers and neighbors and random people I didn't even know who still tell me how much they think of her and miss her. It's wonderful to know that her love and kindness spread to so many. Thank you to everyone who remembers my mom and the impact she had on their lives.
Mom, I miss you everyday. I try to live my life well, with energy and honesty and kindness and happiness and hard work - for myself and in memory of you.
You are, and always will be, dearly missed and deeply loved.
Posted by Sara N Jim Cody on May 7, 2019
Like others, I am reminded every morning walking into my office, I see the plant you gave me before you left for CHS that one year. It has grown so beautifully, I even had them cut to give to others, thank you! "The world and its desires pas away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever" I Jh 2:17 and I believe your love gift lives forever in our department. Love Sara
Posted by Avery Brain on May 7, 2019
I am in the same boat with being reminded of Ellie every time I see that car!!!!!! Every time I see an old car like the one she had I send her love and thanks for who she was on this earth. The joy she spread was immense! (could not remember the make of that dear old car she loved and just saw it from another post, so thank you!) Yes, that old Subaru Outback! We love you, Ellie! :)
Posted by Chris Fonoti on May 9, 2018
Dear Ellie... it’s still true. Every time I see a Subaru Outback, my mind goes back to you and what a lovely friend you were, so you know you are thought of every day.
Posted by Elaine Kasch on May 8, 2018
Dear Ellie, you are with us each day for I look at the plant you gave us. It is thriving and brings such happy, beautiful memories of your sweet, happy face. I miss our long conversations and laughter in the parking lot long after work hours! You remain in my heart always.
Posted by Amy McGuire on May 7, 2018
Happy birthday, Ellie! I love you! <3
Posted by Becki Smith on May 7, 2018
Happy heavenly birthday, my sweet friend Ellie. I still think of you so often. I will always miss our early morning visits. I knew it would be a good day because it started on such a joyful note. Happy birthday, dear Ellie.
Posted by Rochelle Bronson on May 7, 2018
Ellie was a gift to everyone she came in contact with. Everyday day her laugh and smile is missed.
Posted by Gretchen Markiewicz on May 7, 2018
Two years ago we lost a beautiful soul but we still have many memories to sustain us. Happy Birthday Ellie! You are greatly missed!
Posted by Debbie Kelsey on May 7, 2018
Happy Birthday Ellie. I still hear your laughter resonating the hall. Hope you are celebrating your birthday in style. Miss you a lot.
Posted by Gretchen Markiewicz on May 17, 2017
Everyone who knew you, loved you Ellie. You are greatly missed.
Posted by LEONA JARCHOW on May 17, 2017
God bless you Ellie. I miss seeing you.
Posted by Tammy Nelson on May 9, 2017
Sweet Sweet Ellie: I still cannot believe you are gone. I so miss your laugh and smile. Whenever I had an interaction with you I always felt so much better. I miss you!
Posted by Kimberly Woolbright on May 8, 2017
Oh Sweet Ellie, I have been thinking about you so much lately. Miss you, your sweet smile and that laugh.
Posted by Becki Smith on May 8, 2017
Happy Heavenly Birthday, Sweet Ellie. I still miss you so much. <3
Posted by Marcia Lescault on May 7, 2017
Still missing Ellie. Have happy remembrances. Ellie, your kindness, helpfulness and cheerfulness help me get through many a day.
Posted by Angie Arnold-Lucas on May 28, 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...
Posted by Chris Fonoti on May 28, 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.
Posted by Debra Kamzelski on May 24, 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
Posted by ERIKA ROYBAL on May 24, 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.
Posted by Tina Burrell on May 24, 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.
Posted by Sherry Erling on May 23, 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.
Posted by sherri meister on May 23, 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
Posted by Emily Cruz on May 23, 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.
Posted by Kathryn Wertz on May 23, 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.
Posted by Elaine Kasch on May 23, 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.
Posted by Sara N Jim Cody on May 23, 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.
Posted by Shannan Scannell-Wells on May 23, 2016
You will simply be missed by all who were blessed by your light. I am heart broken that you were taken too soon.
Posted by Pat Therrien on May 23, 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.
Posted by Becki Smith on May 23, 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
Posted by Gaby Garcia on May 22, 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
Posted by Marcia Lescault on May 22, 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!
Posted by Lisa Hahn on May 22, 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!
Posted by Tammy Nelson on May 21, 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.
Posted by Dylan Williams on May 21, 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..
Posted by Joe Rauschenbach on May 21, 2016
Ellie was a bright light in this world. Her kindness and caring will never be forgotten...
Posted by Debbie Kelsey on May 21, 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.
Posted by Beth Sanborn on May 20, 2016
Ellie, thank you for making each of our lives better.
Posted by David Kominsky on May 20, 2016
Ellie was so kind and caring, she always had a smile on her face. You will be missed.
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Posted by LEONA JARCHOW on May 9, 2022
Happy Heavenly Birthday Ms. Ellie!
Posted by Chris Fonoti on May 17, 2021
I think of you, Ellie, every single time I see an old model Suberu Outback (especially the maroon ones) goes by., so you know I think of you often... have you run across Georgia yet? I so miss you!
Posted by avery brain on May 17, 2021
Anytime I go over to the district office and I pass the spot where Ellie always parked her trusty old vehicle, I have a moment of silence and remember what a special a person Ellie truly was, so full of life, joy, and compassion! Miss you my friend!
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Shared by Leslie Vining on May 22, 2016

I met Ellie through Avon--she was so gentle and kind that I adored her immediately.  Though I didn't get to see her often--we had lunch now and again--I always treasured her friendship.  She will be sadly missed.