Mary Ellen Jaynes Himmelstoss

May 1922 – April 2013

Mary Ellen Jaynes Himmelstoss passed away peacefully April 27th, 2013 in Atwater, CA at 90 years of age. She was born, May 9, 1922 in Hayward, CA to E. Eudora and Clay J. Jaynes. She was the eldest of four sisters, herself, Eudora, Sally, and Ann. At four years old, the family settled in Ballico, CA on a newly established dairy and diversified farm. A pioneer family helping settle the Ballico area was hard work. The girls helped their dad hand milk the cows twice a day and performed many other farm chores.

After graduating from Ballico Elementary School and Livingston High School in 1940, she married her first husband Mike Fausone. They had two sons, Michael and Thomas. In 1947 she married Frank Tanner and lived in San Francisco and Daly City for over 30 years. After he passed away, she married Kenneth Himmelstoss in 1969 and returned to her roots on the Ballico ranch 10 years later.

Not only was Mary Ellen a housewife and mother in her youth, she worked for Charlie and Nora Passadori at the Ballico Country Store and was a beautician. Living in San Francisco, she worked in the boys clothing department at the Roos-Atkins Department Store. She was always a devoted wife, mother and grandmother and will be dearly missed.

Mary Ellen is survived by her sons Michael J. Tanner and Thomas L. Fausone, her youngest sister Ann Rowe and husband Gary; her grandchildren Kelly Nunes (Jon), Lisa Biolley (Paul), Amy Pellissier (Tim) and Thomas Fausone (Tammy); her great grandchildren Jordan and Julia Nunes, Sara Garcia, Chesna and Niles Biolley, Tanner, Elise and Reagan Pellissier, and Kyle Fausone; and also her long- time companion Ralph Johnson.

Services will be held at Allen Mortuary, 247 N. Broadway, Turlock, CA. Viewing is on Friday, May 3rd, 3-6pm with recitation of the Rosary beginning at 6pm. Memorial Service will be held on Saturday May 4th at 10:00am. She will be laid to rest at Lakewood Memorial Park, 900 Santa Fe Drive, Hughson following the memorial service and reception.

Remembrances may be made in her name to Hinds Hospice, 410 W. Main St. Suite A, Merced CA 95340 or a charity of your choice. Our family wishes to acknowledge the wonderful tender loving care given to Mary Ellen in her last days by Sue Harper and her staff at Sue’s Senior Connection and all of the Hinds Hospice personnel who assisted and comforted during this time.


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