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Barbara Ann Gardner Ellingson

08/11/1920 - 05/01/2017
Service Date: 05/06/2017
Service Time: 10:00 AM
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1345 East University Drive, Mesa, Arizona 85203

Barbara Ann Gardner Ellingson passed peacefully in Mesa, Arizona on May 1, 2017 and has been reunited with her eternal companion, family and friends.

Barbara is survived by her children, John and Carma Lee Ellingson, Barbara and Robert Kempton, Betty and Harley (deceased) Jarvis, Jay and Melody Ellingson, Mons and Sally Ellingson, Mark and Marlene Ellingson, 44 grandchildren, 143 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren. Barbara is also survived by her brothers Ben (and Phyllis), and Richard Gardner.

Barbara was born on August 11,1920 in Mesa Arizona. She was a Mesa High School graduate. She married John R Ellingson and they made their home in Tempe & Mesa.

Barbara’s served in many church callings, the longest as a Temple Worker for 18 years. John and Barbara served an 18-month church mission on the Fort McDowell Indian Reservation. Her testimony of the Savior Jesus Christ was center in her life!

A visitation will be held on Friday, May 5, 2017, 6:00-8:00 pm, at the Bunker’s Garden Chapel, 33 N. Centennial Way, Mesa AZ 85201.

Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, May 6, 2017, at 10:00 am, with a visitation at 9:00 am, at the LDS chapel located at 1345 E University Dr, Mesa, AZ 85203.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to church missionaries. Condolences may be sent to: http://www.bunkerfuneral.com/obituaries



  • Phillips Family

    My condolences to you and your family on the loss of your dear loved one. Losing a loved one is a distressing and painful time. We have assurance from God’s word at Psalm 34:18 that he is near to those brokenhearted and he saves those crushed in spirit. It is my hope that your family will find strength to endure during the days ahead.

  • Eliane Carter & the Workman Family

    Dear Carma Lee, John, and Ellingson Family: I would like to give you my deepest sympathy at the passing of your mother. I have been blessed to know Sister Ellingson for many years. She was my Stake Relief Society President and my friend and still is. She has been such a great example of the Church teachings and of a Relief Society sister. I feel my life has been enriched in knowing her. She is gracious and loving and caring, an example for me and my family. She followed Jesus Christ and showed me how to do the same. Thank you to all of you for letting me be a friend of hers. I would like you to know she will always hold a special place in my heart. I remember her working at the Temple and she shared lunch with me on Saturdays. I feel my life has been enriched having known such a sweet sister and her family. She is precious and wonderful!! I love her and all of you! Love, Eliane

  • Courtney Hambicki (Caregiver at Citrus Manor)

    Ellingson Family,
    My condolences are being sent to you, it was an absolute pleasure caring for Ms. Barbara. She was such a beautiful lady inside and out, I will always remember the way she would make me smile, she could always tell if I wasn’t having the best of day, she would just look at me and tell me how pretty I was. I would tell her she was pretty and she would reply back “Oh me you think so?” Yes I do she was such a beautiful soul, Thank you for letting me care for her Barbara will be missed.

  • vaudean williams

    Barbara was and still is a sweet lady……I served with her in the Mesa Temple……she was always smiling and willing to do anything we asked her to do……I’m happy she is now able to join her eternal companion….

  • Bill and Renee Woods

    We loved living by Barbara in Mesa and often took our children to visit her. We honor with you and celebrate her life. May the peace of the Savior be with you in the assurance of his promise of eternal families. Much love, Bill and Renee Woods

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