Mark Ankenman
Bay Area Real Estate Specialist

CA DRE License Number(s): 01758956

Coldwell Banker
1377 El Camino Real Menlo Park CA 94025

About Us


I had the great fortune of having Barbara Ellis as my business partner. Sadly, Barbara passed after an extended and courageous battle with ovarian cancer in November of 2009. A true individual that loved Real Estate and helped countless people with their homes. The impact she had on people was profound with her great wit and unforgettable sense of humor, Barbara was truly larger than life and she is greatly missed.



Barbara H. Ellis, 64, of Menlo Park, Ca. passed away on 11/24/09 of ovarian cancer after an extended illness.
Born September 29, 1945 in Massapequa, Long Island, New York to Norbert and Edith Ellis, Barbara is survived by her mother, Edith Ellis and her sister, Diane Ellis, both of Massapequa. Edith and Diane, along with many friends, gave devoted care to Barbara in the last month's of her life.
Barbara grew up in Massapequa and attended State University College at Cortland, New York from 1967 to 1973 where she majored in physical education and dance.  It was at Cortland that Barbara connected with fellow students who have remained cherished, life long friends.  After graduating, Barbara moved to California and began her career teaching high school physical education in San Francisco.  She also attended graduate school at San Jose State University.
In 1978, Barbara made a bold career change and began selling Real Estate with the Property Professionals in Fremont, Ca. A long and successful career in Real Estate followed with Barbara winning many sales awards and also winning the esteem and friendship of clients and colleagues alike. Barbara is fondly remembered by all those she helped.  In recent years, Barbara and her business partner, Mark Ankenman, made a dynamic team at Coldwell Banker in Menlo Park.
Barbara loved world travel and made many trips to Europe and exotic lands.  She also had a passion and talent for golf and stayed active by playing a few rounds of golf weekly both in Palo Alto and at her vacation home in Palm Springs. Art appreciation and the theatre were also Barbara's hobbies.  As a philanthropist, she supported women's causes in developing countries.
Barbara is remembered fondly as a dedicated and loyal friend to many, and a loving and supportive daughter and sister.  We will all miss her and the spark of fun she brought to our lives.
This Ralph Waldo Emerson poem speaks to us about Barbara's life:

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of the intelligent people
and the affection of children;
to earn the appreciation of honest critics
and endure the betrayal of false friends;
to appreciate beauty;
to find the best in others;
to leave the world a bit better
whether by a healthy child,
a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition;
to know that one life has breathed easier
because you lived here.

This is to have succeeded.
Ralph Waldo Emerson