|Mrs. Ella Lee Baker Faulk was born on April 3, 1886, to John Randolph and Maggie (Word) Baker in Okolona, Mississippi, and died on April 3, 1972, in Jennings, Louisiana. She attended the public schools of Okolona for her early education. Later she studied music at Meridian College in Mississippi and library science at the University of Wisconsin.
Ella Lee Baker was married to Haughton Keith Faulk on June 10, 1909. A little more than a year later he was admitted on trial into the Gulf Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and from that time until his death on January 5, 1935, she was a faithful and devoted helpmate to her minister husband. Rev. and Mrs. Faulk became the parents of two sons:
William Keith and Woodruff Word Faulk. They together with seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren are among the survivors.
Funeral services were conducted at First United Methodist Church in Jennings by this writer. Rev. Jim Terrell, a long time friend of the family, assisted in the service. Her body was laid to rest beside that of her late husband in Greenwood Cemetery in Jennings.
When I first came to know Mrs. Faulk she was an active organist for her church. A broken hip and an eye operation made her unable to continue this service. However, at the time she was stricken by the heart attack which took her life she was optimistically thinking and planning for the day she could return to the organ and to her place of service in her church. Thanks be to God for such dedication and service.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1973; p. 136 By Eskel L. Tatum|