Shirley Joyce Ellenberger
She lives on through the things she has done in the spirit of love …
Shirley Joyce Ellenberger of Lyons, Colorado, was welcomed into her eternal home in the early morning hours of October 1, 2007.
Joyce was born April 8, 1928, in Cherokee, Iowa, to Phipps and Esther Stanosheck. The family lived in various places in Iowa and Nebraska before settling in Omaha, Nebraska. There, Joyce met the love of her life, Kenneth
Ellenberger, shortly after he returned from Navy service in the South Pacific. They were married on April 2, 1948 and were blessed with a devoted relationship that endured for more than 60 years.
After the birth of a daughter, Susan, their journey continued in McCook, Nebraska, where the arrival of three more daughters, Sarah, Mary, and Esther, completed their family. In 1960, they moved to Granada Hills, California, where Joyce continued to nurture her family and provide behind-the scenes support to Ken as he developed a successful capacitor manufacturing business. As parents, they fulfilled their commitment to their daughters; a Christian upbringing and a college education.
Ken and Joyce purchased the home of their dreams, located on the Middle Fork of the St. Vrain River. For 15 years after retirement, they immersed themselves in local community activities. Joyce’s special gifts matched the needs of the Allenspark Community Church and the Hilltop Guild. She is remembered for her enthusiastic volunteer work: organizing Boulder Dinner Theater events, phoning to keep others informed and encouraged, baking, and crocheting. Her dedication resulted in the unexpected and valued receipt of the Community Service
Award from the Allenspark Area Club and the Honorary life Membership Award from the Hilltop Guild. Her smile, sweetness, warmth, and humility endeared her to many friends.
Joyce loved the beauty of nature, dancing with her husband, sharing memorable stories and sayings, tending her flowers, and crocheting while watching movies and sporting events with Ken. Community involvement included regular service to her church and memberships in the Eastern Star and Daughters of the American Revolution, for which she recently received the 50-year pin.
Her memory will endure in the hearts of the many who love her. Joyce is survived by her husband, Kenneth; brother Don (and Shirley) Stanosheck of Longmont; daughters Susan (and Ron) Seaman of Moscow, Idaho; Sarah (and Bob) Retsch of Pleasanton, California; Mary Ellenberger of North Hollywood, California; and Esther (and Christos) Sarantopoulos of Mountlake Terrace, Washington. She loved and was adored by eight grandchildren and two recent grandchildren-in-Iaw: Jessica Ingram, (Tom and) Lauren (Ingram) Bochnowski, Allison Ingram, Daniel Ingram, Andrew (and Katie) Seaman, Emily Seaman, Aaron Seaman, and Margaret Retsch.
A Memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 28, 2008 at the Allenspark Community Church.
Memorial donations can be sent to either the Allenspark Community Church or to the Hilltop Guild in Joyce’s name.
“Not where I breathe, but where I have loved, I live.” The proof of her love for God was in the love she gave to us.