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Jo Ellis Stumpf, 89, of Savannah, Georgia, died peacefully Sunday evening, May 23, 2021, at Spanish Oaks Retreat.

Born and reared in Southeastern Georgia, she was a daughter of the late Charles Ellis, Sr. and Martha Ellis. As a military wife, Jo lived in multiple domestic and international locations. She was a fabulous cook, most famous for her Christmas treats. She was also a voracious reader. Jo enjoyed teaching swimming lessons and never missed an opportunity to be by the pool.  She also was a big fan of the Olympics, particularly figure skating. Jo enjoyed spending time with her family most of all and will be deeply missed.

In addition to her parents, Jo was preceded in death by a brother, Charles “Bubsy” Ellis, Jr., and a sister, Sandra “Sandy” Ellis Smith.

Survivors include her sons, Charles J. Stumpf IV, John Craig Stumpf and his wife Meredith, Brian Ellis Stumpf and his wife Victoria; grandchildren, John Stumpf, Matthew Stumpf, and Dr. Alaina Stumpf O’Brien and her husband Dr. Jack O’Brien; great-granddaughter, Camilla Gene O’Brien.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Spanish Oaks Hospice – 8510 Whitfield Avenue, Savannah, Georgia 31406.

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  1. Barbara Brown Wolling says:

    How fortunate I was to have this dear lady as my best friend and next door neighbor for so many years. Our friendship was indeed a blessing and I will miss, love and never forget this beautiful lady. Sending sympathy to all of the family during this sad time. Barbara

  2. Victoria Stumpf says:

    What a blessing to have Jo as my mother-in-law. She was such an intelligent, funny, giving & beautiful person. Throughout the years she was always there for us. Helping with our daughter when we traveled for work and providing moral support to us through difficult times. Her devotion to taking care of her own mother during her later years was a good example of her love and sense of duty. I am sure we will be seeing her in heaven. Love you Moma JO. Victoria

  3. Kendra White says:

    Stumps family I want to thank y’all for sharing Mrs. Jo Stumps with me at Savannah Square. I’ve been taking care of her for many years and she became my Granny. I loved her so much and I’m going to miss her dearly. Thanks again for sharing Granny! Love y’all Kendra White.

  4. Meredith says:

    Loving, caring and kind. Patient, humble and loyal. Funny, compassionate and generous. A wonderful woman who I’m grateful to have had in my life and my children’s lives all these years. She was a loving, proud grandmother who adored her grandchildren. We will miss her reminiscing about her life and family. Blessed are the ones she loved. We loved her so much. Meredith

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