Monday, August 31, 2009

Love for the Ellis Family

Becky and Kelly Ellis - always up to something fun. (Was this picture taken at Pipi's in Puerto Vallarta? I love that place!)

Our dear family friend and neighbor, Becky Ellis passed away early Saturday morning after a long and very brave fight with cancer. We send much love and support to the Ellis family at this time. Becky's husband Kelly, has shown such exemplary faith and the kind of positive outlook that makes me shrink at my often pessimistic tendencies. During this time, he has every excuse to withdraw from the world around and privately grieve his loss, but in his own words, he reaches out and says:

"May you be comforted in your sorrow as we are. We are all connected to Becky in some way. All experience their own loss and need our common comfort. If we can help you, come on by."

What kind of person opens their arms to others when facing such a loss? I am so moved by this sweet man.

Today is Kelly's birthday. Though I'm sure it will be one with mixed emotions, I just want to send a shout out to Kelly to say "Happy Birthday." We love you and your family.

Becky's funeral will be held at the Oak Hills Stake Center (located next to the Provo Temple) this Saturday at 1:00 p.m.


  1. of the best compliments I can think of for you is that sometimes I forget you sing. You have within you such kindness and compassion for others, as demonstrated in this and other posts, as well as the sacrifice of your time and talents for countless charitable benefits. I have seen pictures and videos of you as you serve others. I can't help but wonder...where the crud do you get so much time??
    That being said, I'm very sorry for your loss.
    Furthermore, I am quite entertained by your clever blog. You're very funny :)
    Oh yeah, and I guess you can sing. Quite well I might add. :) (this is Lori, btw...)

  2. You are indeed so full of love and compassion, Mindy. This was sweet to read. One of the greatest things about living in this neighborhood is discovering how really really Good all the people are. It has been a delight. You and Becky and Kelly all certainly fit in that category and we are grateful to know you.

  3. Lori, you done made me get all choked up. Thank you for your sweet comments.

    And Emily, your family is such an amazing addition to this neighborhood. We love you guys. Thank you for your comment!