Babara Rowe (January 1932 - May 2018) Ellis

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Babara Rowe (January 1932 - May 2018) Ellis

ELLIS, Babara Rowe (January 1932 - May 2018) Barbara was the much-loved mother of five sons: Christopher, Jeffrey, Jonathan, Michael and Kevin. All of them give their mother credit for much of their success in life, and they, in turn, have passed down her strength, humor, and loving spirit to her eleven grandchildren. Barbara was born in Springfield, Massachusetts and was the oldest child of Floyd and Emma Rowe. She attended Endicott College, where she earned an Associate’s degree in accounting. She married John Ellis, Jr. in 1952 and they had five sons over the next ten years. The family moved from Wolfeboro, New Hampshire to Levittown, New York in 1960 and then to Massapequa, New York in 1966. Although she sometimes referred to those as her “maniac years,” she provided a loving, nurturing environment that resulted in preparing her sons for successful academic and professional careers. During the summer months, she would often load her sons into the family station wagon to spend the day at Jones Beach. Among so many other things, she passed her love of the wild ocean on to her sons and grandchildren. Even while raising five sons, Barbara contributed financially to the family’s well-being. For many years she worked from home as a bookkeeper, and when the “boys” were all in college or high school, she embarked on a career as a financial manager. In that capacity, she worked for Flush Door, Inc. and Cousins Metal Industries, where she was promoted to CFO. Then to help care for her father, Barbara moved to Mesa, Arizona in 1986, where she worked as CFO for Precision Power, one of the largest distributors of automobile sound systems in the US. In 1996, she was elected by her peers to serve as President of the Auto-sound/Electronics Accessories Credit Association. Wherever she lived, Barbara made friends easily and was valued for her giving spirit and supportive nature. She expressed her artistic side through ceramics and pottery and her wild side by driving a sporty Datsun 280Z. She loved to travel and often did so in the company of her family and many friends. She will be remembered and missed by all of those who had the privilege of knowing and spending time with her. In her later years, Barbara lived at Jasmin Terrace, an assisted living home in Bakersfield, CA, where she received excellent care from the dedicated staff. She enjoyed weekly visits and spent holidays with her son, Kevin, his wife, Vickie, and her two grandsons, Jacob and Shay. Barbara and Kevin were regulars at Lengthwise Brewery, where the staff knew without asking that she would like a hotdog with a Centennial Ale. In her final days, she received exceptional care from the good nurses at Optimal Hospice and final arrangements were made with Greenlawn Mortuary. If you wish to make a donation in Barbara’s honor, please make a memorial gift to the Optimal Hospice Foundation at If you would like to contact her sons and extended family, you can do so at
Published on June 18, 2018
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