Judy Jo Ellis (Cunningham), 74, died at home April 16, 2021. Judy was born in Wilshire, on Jan. 14, 1947, to John Cunningham and Luella Fay Cheatum. She passed away of COPD and dementia at home with the comfort of her daughter and son-in-law by her side.
Judy grew up in Redondo Beach. As a young girl, she was blessed to be welcomed into the Caseberes’ home, where along with their four children, they lovingly raised her. She graduated from Aviation High in 1965. She was married to George (Ron) Ellis from December 1965 to August 1997, and the two resided in Yucaipa. They were foster parents for many years before having kids of their own. Together they raised four successful daughters.
She owned and operated Video Discount Rental in Calimesa. Judy was a spectacular homemaker and a proud mom. She worked hard to shower her children with guidance and love so they could experience a better life. Her daughters strive to continue her legacy of creativity, serving others and being economical. She showed her love through her cooking and baking. Judy was everyone’s friend and “mom.”
She enjoyed her life living many years in Havasu, Colo., and traveling to Mexico with her lifelong friend, Martha, before returning to Yucaipa in 2018. She was sassy and strong, soaking up family time until the very end, not wanting to "miss the party."
She is survived by her four daughters Shelley Ganly (Mark), Ronda Barnes (Shayler), Heather Ellis (Scott), and Carrie Yost (Terry). Grandchildren Miranda and Isaac Ganly, Courtney and Tanner Barnes, Tristan and Alyssa Janus, and Chloe and Tyce Yost. “Mama Wanda” Kent, the Casebere siblings, extended family, and friends. She was preceded in death by Loretta and Glen Casebere, father John Cunningham, brothers Jimmy Jo (twin) and John Cunningham, and granddaughter Cambria Yost.
All who knew her will remember Judy for her beautiful handwriting and chocolate chip cookies, where you could taste the love.
Her four daughters proudly say, “Her children shall rise up and call her blessed,” Proverbs 31:28.
No services will be held per Judy’s request.