Phyllis Jean Ullery


Born on May 6, 1929 in Tyner, Ind., passed away peacefully Wednesday Sept. 27, 2017 in Paso Robles, Calif. surrounded by her family.

Preceded in death by the love of her life of 46 years, Ellsworth, her father and mother George and Lulu, bothers Clifford, Richard and Russell, and sister Jerry.

She is survived by a sister, Barbara Thielke of Mishawaka, Ind. Two Daughters, Shelley Genteman of Vallejo, Nancy Franklin of Paso Robles, and son, Tom Ullery of Paso Robles. Four grandchildren, Jennifer (Jason), Amber (Alex), Tony (Beth) and Robin (Stephen), one great grandchild, Athena and her grand doggie, Dazzle of Paso Robles.

While working for the Bendix Corporation, Jean (as she was known) met a young man who worked in a separate department. They dated for nine months before they were married in March of 1951. A few years later their first child, Shelley arrived followed years later by Nancy and Tom. Jean was a stay at home mom while raising their three children. She was a Campfire and Blue Bird Leader and was involved with Cub Scouts.

When the children were all in school, Jean went back to work for the Viking Corporation, which made golf cart components. In December of 1970, her husband was promoted to assistant warehouse manager for the aircraft division of Bendix and was transferred to Kansas City, Mo. While living in Kansas City, she worked for TWA Airlines as a secretary.

Years later, Ellsworth was again promoted to warehouse manager for the South San Francisco warehouse. They lived in San Jose for 13 years. During that time, Jean went to work for Lockheed Missiles and Space as a secretary. She assisted in many different projects, including the Hubble Telescope.

She retired in July of 1988 and moved to Paso Robles, near their son. During her time in Paso Robles, she and Ellsworth traveled throughout the United States and Canada.

Upon Ellsworth’s death in January of 1997, Jean volunteered for a few years in the Paso Robles Police Dept.

She also traveled to Europe in 2000, where she was able to visit eight countries in sixteen days.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice in memory of P. Jean Ullery.

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