|Mary Ellen Ezell was born in Braymer, Missouri on December 19, 1919, the only child of Isaac E. and Lela Hauser Heath. Her elementary and high school education was in Cowgill, Missouri. After graduating from high school, she became a certified beautician in a school of cosmetology in Kansas City, Missouri and opened a beauty shop in Cowgill. She and her parents were active members of the Methodist Church where she met her husband, Harry E. Ezell. He was the son of the Reverend W. H. Ezell, who was the pastor of their church.
During her husband’s career as School Principal, Minister, and Children’s Home administrator, she served as Operator of School Lunch Room, Children’s Home Dietician, and first and foremost as a devoted wife. Wherever her husband’s aspirations and calling took him, she was always at his side, ready to serve in any capacity.
She was a wonderful, caring mother who successfully reared three sons. Her oldest son, Dr. Richard L Ezell of Austin, Texas is the retired head of the Foreign Language Department of Louisiana Tech University. Her second son, Larry E. Ezell of Metairie, Louisiana, is retired from Aetna Life and Casualty Insurance Company and is presently employed by Audubon MG Insurance Company.
Her youngest son.Robert Doyle Ezell was brain-damaged. After the death of her husband in 1974, she assumed full responsibility for Bobby. Without the kind of care that his mother gave him, he would have had to spend his life in an institution where his abilities would never have developed. But under his mother’s loving guidance, he was able to live a useful life, helping in the regular household tasks and in grocery shopping. He attended church regularly with his mother and her friends became his friends. Giving her life to him, she gave him an abundance of life that he could never have achieved in any other way.
She has two grandchildren, Julia Ellen Patterson of Jacksonville, Florida, and Richard William Ezell of Dallas, Texas.
Besides giving her loving care to her own children, she became a second mother to many of the children in the Methodist Children’s Home. Many of them had a very special relationship with her that continued throughout her life.
She passed from this life in Ruston, Louisiana, on February 2, 1995. Her funeral service was conducted in Trinity United Methodist Church where she had been a faithful member from the time that she had moved to Ruston.
‘The dear Lord’s best interpreters
Are humble human souls;
The Gospel of a life like hers
Is more than books or schools.”
John Greenleaf Whittier
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1995; p. 261 By Merlin W. Merrill|