Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Ellen Irene Drinkwine of Valley Springs

   Ellen Irene Drinkwine of Valley Springs, passed away on September 30, 2016 at the age of 73.

  She was born to the late Ellsworth and Thelma Cady on January 21, 1943 in Stockton and attended St. Mary's High School.

   Ellen was a wedding floral designer in Stockton for many years.

   She met her husband Charles (Chuck) Drinkwine, while he was in the US Navy stationed in Stockton.

   They were married on October 22, 1961 and spent the next 55 years together raising a family, eventually  moving to Valley Springs to enjoy their retirement years.

   Ellen loved having family and friends over for parties in her beautiful house and backyard that she cherished so much.

   It is where the family celebrates every important family occasion as well as many spontaneous gatherings.

   Ellen loved to travel and she and Chuck  were always taking off on a new adventure.

   She was frequently seen walking her dog throughout the neighborhood and established many friendships along those walks.

   More than anything, Ellen will be remembered for her devotion to her family.  She worked tirelessly to ensure her family was cared for and she was very proud of their accomplishments.

  Her grandchildren were very important to her and she leaves them with so many special memories of their times with Grandma.

   Her strength, love, compassion and engaging laugh will be dearly missed.

   Ellen's beautiful life will be forever cherished in the lives of her loving husband Charles Drinkwine; her children , Chuck (Cathy) Drinkwine and Cherie (Joe) Compartore; her two grandchildren Ashley and Charles Drinkwine; her great granddaughter Alexis Drinkwine; her sister Patty Cady-Salisbury; her sister-in-law Patricia Warren, her brother Charles Cady and many nieces and nephews that she loved deeply.

   Services will be private.  Memorial donations may be made to the Community United Methodist Church (Food Pantry) 135 Laurel Street Valley Springs, CA 95252 Drinkwine-Food Pantry)
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