Lynda Woods Ellis

September 7, 1960 ~ May 18, 2024

Lynda Woods Ellis passed away at her home in Lake Charles, Louisiana, on Saturday, May 18, 2024, at the age of 63 years.

Lynda was born on September 7, 1960, in Savannah, Georgia, to Curtis Lee Woods, Jr., and Marilyn Bristow Woods. She moved to Lake Charles in the 1960s, where she graduated from Barbe High School, Class of 1978.

Lynda was an entrepreneur and a businesswoman. She began her career working for the Lake Charles Housing Authority, and, from there, she moved to Houston, Texas, to continue her education and work in property management, where she had great success. Lynda then met the love of her life, Steve, and she returned with him to Lake Charles, where they married and began a family. She continued to build on her father’s legacy, acquiring homes and apartment buildings of her own, which led to her founding of Woodlands Property Management and Ellis Properties and participating as a co-owner of Regency Crest in Central Louisiana, to name just a few of her successful lifetime business ventures and partnerships.

To have met Lynda was to know her. She was unforgettable. She was quick to share her life’s stories and lessons; she was generous of spirit and gave freely her love, time, and affection to those whose paths crossed hers. She was a protective mother, daughter, and sister, and she was a fierce advocate for her friends and family alike. Lynda was truly the epicenter of so many people’s lives and her absence will be felt by all.

She loved the outdoors, fishing in Toledo Bend, deep sea fishing with her husband, and spending time at their condo in Gulf Shores, Alabama. She took great pride in her home restorations, especially the homes in the Historic District as well as her childhood home in Lake Charles. She loved creating stained and painted glass pieces for her garden, and her love for live music led her to travel the country.

Lynda is survived by her daughter, Elyse Ellis Conner (Ricky); her mother, Marilyn Bristow Woods; a brother, Curtis L. “Woody” Woods, III (Deborah), of Lake Charles, Louisiana; her sister, Staci Woods (Steve), of Seattle, Washington; and a stepson, Blaine Ellis (Sara), and their children, Tyler, Grady and Tillie, of Holmwood, and extended family in Savannah, Georgia.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 34 years, Stephen Charles Ellis, and her father, Curtis Lee Woods, Jr., and a brother, Gregory A. Woods, of Lake Charles, LA.

A gathering of family and friends for a celebration of life will be held at Lynda’s residence on Thursday, June 6, 2024 from 12:00 PM until 4:00 PM with a memorial service to be held at 1:00 PM. Cremation was entrusted to Johnson Funeral home.


Celebration of Life: Thursday, June 6, 2024
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Lynda's Residence
2717 Park Dr.
Lake Charles, LA 70605

Memorial Service: Thursday, June 6, 2024
1:00 pm

Lynda's Residence
2717 Park Dr.
Lake Charles, LA 70605

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  1. I am so sorry to hear of Lyndas’ passing. Her smile lit up a room and her laugh was contagious. I loved being around her so much. I will truly miss her but we will reunite one day! ❤️❤️

    • So very sorry to hear this. I am a neighbor and have had many conversations with her, she was always up beat and did give me good advice after our many storms….she will be missed..what a wonderful job she did on restoring her home on Park Dr…sad to see her not be able to enjoy it.

  2. Candle 4Lynda you will always be in our lives! You were a wonderful person who brightened our lives! We love you very much and we will continue to keep all the happy moments we had in our hearts! Kisses Luana and Simone.❤️

  3. Candle 4As one of her cousins that grew up with her in Savannah Georgia, I have such great childhood memories. Many of them were took place on Tybee Island where our moms (who were twins) used to take all the cousins to the beach where we we would all get “blistered” as they said in Savannah. When I was in Lake Charles last, Linda and I got to spend some time together riding around and seeing the childhood home she had restored and also many of her properties. She really did follow and her father’s footsteps! I know she will be missed and I’m brokenhearted to think that she’s left the earth too soon! Love and prayers to all of our family and all of the friends whose lives she touched. She will be missed!

  4. Lynda and I were best friends throughout high school and beyond. I love her entire family and have such fond memories of her childhood home, swimming in the pool, taking care of Staci and collecting money from American Press newspaper boxes in her un-air conditioned green pinto in the sweltering summer heat. I felt a part of the Woods clan and our friendship makes up some of my happiest memories.

  5. Candle 2Lynda was a joy. She was extremely intelligent, very funny, centered, driven, kind, and lots of fun. In high school we’d squeeze into her Pinto and go carousing. We’d collect change for her dad from LCAP newspaper machines. I remember when Staci was born. Lynda was over the moon! Knowing Lynda, and Greg, too, was a blast.

    I’ve been gone from LC for decades, but am delighted that Lynda and Steve made their home there and made a difference there. I know that Lynda is with Steve again and know how she mourned his loss. Also, it’s good to know that Greg and Lynda’s dad are with her, too.

    Much love to Elyse, Marilyn and Woody. May Lynda visit in your dreams and live on in your hearts.

  6. So sorry to hear of your loss, thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Lynda also lighted up a room with her presence and joyfulness. She was a big help to my late husband Brian so very many years ago as our company was just getting started at Briken and she was his very first property manager. I will always be thankful and grateful for her presense and help- she will be missed. God bless and be with you all during this time.

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