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Ellen Eden

April 19, 1923 - March 14, 2011

Ellen Neoma Warren Bunce Eden danced through life bringing her smile and a friendly hello to all she met. Whether you were a grandchild learning to make bread or a stranger in the produce department trying to select an artichoke; Mom would take the time to share her love of cooking and good food. One of Mother’s greatest regrets was not getting to know her own mother. Born April 19, 1923 to Geneva Burns Warren, Mom was just two years old when Geneva died. She lived with Aunts and Uncles who loved her and cared for her; but the loss of her mother was always a sad part of her heart. This loss magnified the love and care she showed to her own children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. After graduating from Long Beach Polytechnic High School in 1941 she worked doing electrical mechanic assembly. It was there she met and, in 1942 married Lyle D Bunce. It was then, she told us, that she began to create something she felt she had never had; a family of her own. As with many young couples in the early 40’s, Lyle enlisted in the Army and while flying photo reconnaissance missions in the South Pacific, Ellen stayed home in California, working and ultimately giving birth to their first daughter, Penny Michelle Bunce Ogle (Gilbert). Luckily, at the end of the war, Lyle returned home and Mom again had a family of her own. This special family was completed with the birth a son Dale Udell Bunce and then a daughter, Elyse Lynne Bunce Otto (Jeff).Ellen’s life was full of all the things a wonderful mother did. Working on a shoestring, Mom taught herself to sew making everything from school clothes to prom dresses. She was a scout leader, camp counselor and loving Mother. Whether it was a ballgame, dance recital or parade; Mom was always on the sidelines cheering…never in the spotlight. When Lyle suddenly died, she went back to school and after many hours of study was able to find a job as an Executive Secretary.John Henry Eden wooed and won Ellen and in 1966 they were married and made a charming home in San Bernardino, CA. John brought 3 grown daughters Janice K. Richardson (Art), Judy A. Renius (Al) and Mary Jo Rosen (Al) to complete Mom’s “family of her own”. Following retirement Ellen and John moved to Sedona, Arizona and the fun times began. Mom had a Bed and Breakfast where repeat guests enjoyed her homemade goodies and delicious breakfasts, their garden fed themselves, the neighbors and the quail. But the best was Ellen got to dance again; but this time she was in the spotlight and we were in the audience cheering!Mom’s “family of her own” grew to include 4 granddaughters 3 grandsons and ten great grandchildren: Michelle Ogle Zak (Bill) Elisabeth, Kimberley, Christine; Melissa Ogle Lewis (John) John Michael, Jacob, Julianne, Jessica; Jenny Dillard, Dominique; Jaime Dillard; Damon Ogle, Avery; Derek Ogle, Rebekah and Andrew Bunce.Ellen continued to dance when they moved to Grass Valley, CA and even at the age of 85, living in Eden, UT she performed with her daughter in a tap dance recital! We will always remember Mom standing in front of the microwave, zapping her coffee for 22 seconds and doing a quick timestep or two! Ellen’s celebration of life will be held in Sedona, AZ., April 17, 2011. Interment will be in Sedona Community Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to the family at


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Born: April 19, 1923
Died: March 14, 2011

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Jenny Dillard posted on 3/29/11

I miss Grandma terribly but happy she can join her loved ones that have passed on before her. She taught me so much about life, cooking, how to be a lady, and to have manners. I love to cook and bake thanks to her! Her fresh baked bread and oven baked french toast will always be a favorite of mine. I will miss our Sunday afternoon conversations. Our connection was so incredibly special and I will miss her so much! I love you Grandma!


Tina Manning posted on 3/18/11

I truly enjoyed getting to know Ellen. I enjoyed the time we spent in reflections. She shared many of her memories and experiences with us. She had a sparkly smile. I know it wasn't easy for her and she tried to make the best of it. I hope she has peace now. I hope she is free from her worries and sadness, I hope she is reunited with her mother, whom she always talked about. I hope your family will be blessed with peace and comfort during this sad time of loss. Sincerely, Tina Manning