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Jessie Harvey Ellison

Memorial for Jessie Harvey Ellison

Born on Apr. 29, 1925
Departed on Feb. 23, 2009 and resided in Austin, TX.
Visitation: Friday, Feb. 27, 2009
6:00 pm
Service: Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009
12 pm
Cemetery: Evergreen Cemetery
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Jessie Harvey Ellison was born on April 29, 1925 to Evander and Jessie Harvey. She went to be with her Lord on February 23, 2009. Jessie lived a very full life using her many talents to excel educationally, professionally, socially, recreationally, and most importantly in her Christian journey.

She passionately loved her family and they her. She attended school and received a certification as a child-care administrator. With this certification, she founded the Zion Hill Baptist Church Day Care Center and served as its director for many years. She used her business acumen to become the first black unit director for Stanley Home Products in Texas. She used her homemaker abilities to serve as a governess and private home professional.

Jessie's motto was "…there is no excuse for not having an education." She enrolled in and completed continuing education courses at the University of Texas at Austin and later Austin Community College.

Jessie was an avid reader and traveled extensively. She had a wealth of knowledge on many subject and could articulate that knowledge in a manner that held the listener spellbound. Her favorite travel destination was Hawaii. She had a special affinity for the island of Maui and she and her husband returned to the island on many occasions.

Jessie used a strong Christian heart to feed the hungry (both physically and spiritually), administer to the sick and serve humanity. She was a 55-year active member of the Zion Hill Baptist Church. Jessie's church activities included serving as church clerk for over 20 years, Mission II president, Sunday School teacher, Vacation Bible School director and as a deaconess. She was known for her Christian spirit and benevolent heart in all of these capacities. She was the founding president of the Austin Chapter of the PHILOS, a sorority and service organization affiliated with Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

Jessie, along with her husband and family, were some of the first residents of Cedar Valley, a suburb in far east Austin, built specifically for black WWII veterans. Jessie and Thomas were everyone's "mother and father." Jessie always provided an ear, her wisdom and her saviour Jesus Christ to all, and many, many children who grew up in Cedar Valley still visit and express their love for and thanks to her. She established the Girl Scout troop for the community and served as PTA president for many years.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father, five brothers, Oliver Harvey, Jimmie Lee Harvey, Eddie Harvey, Walter Harvey, Slim Harvey, two sisters, Ollie Mae Kennard and Ruth Ross, and one son, Thomas Ellison, Jr.

She leaves to deeply mourn her loss and cherish her memory, her husband Thomas Ellison, Sr., two sisters, Ethel Swisher and Eunice Henderson (Noah), two daughters, Carol Ellison-King (Les), Joan Ellison-Satterwhite (Bradford), two sons, Burt Ellison (Linda), Kenneth Ellison (Alice), 27 grandchildren, 65 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren, a host of brother and sister in-laws, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many, many friends.


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