July 15, 1943 - October 15, 2020
November 8, 2020
I worked with Linda Mae and have been friends with the Mann Family for over forty years. Ellen loved anything to do with strawberries. She had many talents, and it was a pleasure to know her.
November 5, 2020
Our common interest in knitting and crocheting blankets for preemie babies led us to many happy hours of getting to know each other on the way to and from and at Abundant Life Church and at each other's homes. Long marriages, parenting, moving around the USA, widowhood and our growing relationships with Christ gave us plenty to talk about! Then, of course, we had to go shopping for the perfect yarn for the next blanket. Ellen was generally quiet and shy but Ellen's blanket in bright Fiesta colors was one of my favorites. It's vibrant colors and Ellen's perfect stitching to me radiated Ellen's, generous heart and spunky love of life.
November 4, 2020
Miss Ellen had a playful side to her. She drove with the pedal to the metal to get where she was going and had an interesting way of talking to other drivers under her breath. She made the most beautiful needlepoints and embroidery, including Christmas stockings for each of us kids. She excelled at making the best baked spaghetti and was often lost in the plot of a good book--something I came to understand and emulate later. Miss Ellen and I shared a fondness for green olives and I remember accompanying her on one of her grocery shopping adventures where we picked up a bottle of green olives and when we made it back to the van, we proceeded to eat the entire jar! She was a caring and loving woman who loved the kids in her life and was a trusted confidante. I'll miss her sassy spirit and the twinkle in her eyes that warned of impending orneriness. Love you Miss Ellen!