Oct. 1945 – March 2020_x000D_
Ellen Sue Davidloo was born in Thermopolis, Wyoming on October 1, 1945. Her family moved often due to her father’s work for an oil company. Ellen, with her mother and brother, eventually made their residence between Cisco and Dallas, Texas. Ellen spent a large part of her youth surrounded by her grandmother, aunt and uncle, as well as other family members. During her high school years, Ellen attended an all girls Catholic boarding school in Dallas. There she realized her passion for singing and appreciation for music. A nun at Ellen’s school, Sister Saint John, instilled a platform of devotion for the Catholic faith that Ellen carried throughout her life.
Later Ellen moved to Los Angeles, California with her mother and step-father. There at a friend’s engagement party, Ellen met the man she would marry. On July 2 in 1966, Ellen and Zaya exchanged vows of love and commitment. They went on to create a loving family of four children and later, seven grandchildren. Ellen worked as a teacher’s aide for the Long Beach Unified School District for over 10 years. Ellen and Zaya always dreamt of making their final home in Turlock, to which they did in the year 1989. This is where Ellen resided for the last 31 years of her life.
In Turlock, Ellen renewed her passion for singing by joining the Townsend Opera Players and casts such as Man of La Mancha and performed music by Handel’s Messiah. She also reestablished her conviction of faith by becoming a parishioner at Our Lady of the Assumption Church. With her love of singing, Ellen joined and later became director of the English choir. She was a eucharistic minister and participated in worship groups, as well as many church functions. Sharing her passion of singing, Ellen established and directed the children’s choir. Ellen devoted much of her time to the church, cherished each and every friendship she made, and completely loved being a part of OLA’s parishional family.
After a diagnosis of cancer in January of this year, Ellen passed peacefully in the early hours of March 30, 2020. Ellen is preceded in life by her mother Ellen and her father Wayne Steinman. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 53 years, Zaya Davidloo; daughter Michelle (Christopher) Wincek of Mission Viejo, CA; son Daniel (Alexi) Davidloo of Long Beach, CA; daughter Kristann Betmaleck of Huntington Beach, CA, and daughter Carolyn (Craig) Walters of Turlock, CA. Ellen will forever be loved and missed by her grandchildren Briana and Caleb Norman; Chase Walters; Adam and Kate Wincek; and Jaden and Kelly Betmaleck.
At this time funeral services are on hold due to restrictions on social gathering. A service will be scheduled for a later date and time. Please keep in touch with the immediate family or the OLA office for a possible service date. If you would like to make a donation at this time, they can be made to Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Turlock, CA.
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Mama Barajas saysApril 12, 2020 at 11:17 pm
We miss her so much:( Thanks to Mrs. Ellen and her convincing methods my family and I attended mass every Sunday. My favorite part of mass was seeing Ethney and Bella singing next to her. She always encouraged my girls to do more and to always try their best. I will always be eternally thankful for having her in our life. Mrs. Ellen thank you for been part of my family. Thank you Mrs. Ellen for all the love you gave my girls, thank you for been tough and loving, for always checking on us and for your tea and cake. We love you and miss you but we know you are with our Lord. We hope you will always watch us from heaven.
Ashley Cahill Soto saysApril 8, 2020 at 9:07 pm
Ellen was a music mentor to me for 6+ years at Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Turlock. She believed in me, she encouraged me, and she taught me so much about music (and life).
I will miss her love of music, the memories we created with our children’s choir, and her Southern hospitality (she was originally from Texas and often treated me to amazing home-cooked meals). She was a true gem; and I’m fortunate that I had some time with her recently to tell her what she meant to me.
God Bless you, Ellen, and your family during this difficult time. May you Rest In Peace.
Melissa Fletcher saysApril 8, 2020 at 5:40 am
I had the pleasure of working with Ellen at OLA both for the English Sunday Mass and with the children’s choir. Ellen was a lovely person to work with and she will be missed! Deepest condolences to the family. May she Rest In Peace.
Stephen Schmidt saysApril 3, 2020 at 3:54 pm
I did not personally know Mrs. Davidloo. However, in attending mass at OLA she clearly was devoted to making the worship as beautiful as she possibly could. Thank you for you hard work and hours of leading the music. May God be with your family and I pray for your soul.