Ellen Marie Cardwell Wundt, 70, of Belmont, Texas, passed into heaven on June 22, 2020, after a long bout with cancer. Ellen was born on July 15, 1949, to Henry Mitchell Cardwell and Dorothy Rentz Cardwell in San Antonio, Texas.
She grew up in Nixon. An excellent student, she graduated valedictorian of her class from Nixon High School in 1967. She married the dear love of her life, Jim Wundt, on Sept. 14, 1968, and moved to Tuscon, Ariz., where Jim served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. After Jim and Ellen returned to Austin, Ellen graduated from the University of Texas in Austin with a degree in nutrition science. They moved back to Belmont in 1974 to a home Jim built for them where they resided all her life. There they enjoyed a wonderful life with dear friends Mike and Connie Bond and their family in Belmont. Jim and Ellen have two children, Angie and Kyle, who Ellen adored. She was later blessed with four wonderful grandchildren, Jeffrey, Andrew, Jackson and Ainsley.
For many years, Ellen worked as a dietitian at Warm Springs in Ottine and helped her husband run the pecan and ranching business at home. Sometimes she made more than 50 pecan pies a night, shipping the most delicious candies and pecans all over the United States.
Ellen was a faithful member of the Belmont United Methodist Church, serving as the song leader in the Belmont United Methodist Church from 1974 until a short time before her death. She often gave the children’s sermon, always brought beautiful flowers from her yard, and came up with youth activities, celebrations, and Christmas programs. She was a very giving person — giving of her time and talents to make the world a better, more beautiful place for everyone around her. She loved cooking Sunday lunches for her family, gardening, baking, and spending time with family and friends. Her yard was always full of flowers and her garden full of squash. She and Jim loved to go out west to Fort Davis and attend the Cowboy Poetry Gatherings.
Ellen never met a stranger and would strike up conversations with people around her. If she saw someone in need, she was the first person to help. She took care of all the people in her life, and honored family that had preceded her in death, ensuring their gravesites were always clean and adorned with flowers. She never complained and even when she was extremely ill, she still found ways to think of others. Ellen always lifted others up and counted her blessings.
Words cannot express what a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and friend she was. She was beautiful, extremely intelligent, and multi-talented, an artist, seamstress, florist, gardener, cook and baker who made life beautiful for everyone around her.
Ellen is survived by her adoring family; husband, James Wundt of Belmont, daughter and son-in-law, Angie and Rutty Decou of Belmont, son and daughter-in-law, Kyle and Sarah Wundt of Rockport, sister and brother-in-law, Lynne and Charlie McCarty of Grandbury, brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Billie Cardwell of Nixon, sister-in-law, Penny Cardwell of Leesville, grandchildren, Jeffrey Decou, Andrew Decou, Jackson Wundt and Ainsley Wundt.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, John Michael Cardwell, and nephew Jeffrey Cardwell.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 25 in Seydler-Hill Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 26, in the Belmont United Methodist Church with Pastor Paul Smith officiating. Interment will follow in the Belmont Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Belmont Ladies Club or the Belmont United Methodist Church.
Due to current CDC and state mandates, protective measures regarding social distancing, limited attendance capacity, and use of personal protective masks will are greatly suggested for the visitation, funeral and graveside services. Those remotely symptomatic of COVID-19 are politely asked not to attend. Services are under the care and direction of Seydler-Hill Funeral Home.