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Mother Ellen Turnage Boyd

10/21/1919 - 07/27/2013

Obituary for Mother Ellen Turnage Boyd

Mrs. Ellen T. Boyd of Atlanta passed Saturday, July 27, 2013.

Celebration of life for Mother Ellen Turnage Boyd will be held Saturday, August 3, 2013 3:00p.m. at Grissom-Clark Eastlake Chapel. Interment, Oak Hill Cemetery, Gary, IN. Family will assemble 2:30p.m. at the Chapel.

Viewing Friday, August 2, 2013 from 12-9p.m. at Grissom-Clark Funeral Home, 227 East Lake Dr. (at Memorial Dr.) 404 -373-3191.

On October 21, 1919, a little girl was born to Horace and Madora Turnage and they called her Ellen L. Turnage. Ellen was loved by all the family and especially her Grandmother, Elizabeth Watkins, with her being the only grandchild . Growing up as a child and young adult Ellen became a great cook like her mother. Later she became a pressing supervisor working at the Calumet Laundry in East Chicago, IN.

There she met her true love Lewis Boyd and they were married on September 9, 1944. This was a happy time for Ellen as a young woman and she met a beloved friend at the laundry that became the sister that she never had, her name was Elizabeth Jones .

Throughout Ellen's life she was always meeting people as an active servant of God. In May of 1967, she became a licensed missionary and an Ordained Mother in August 1982, under the St. Jude National Congress, in Chicago, ll. While serving in His Kingdom throughout the United States, she returned to East Chicago ln., to live and work for the Lord.

Ellen decided to relocate to Atlanta, GA at the age of 81, to be closer to her God-daughters . While residing in Atlanta for the past 12 years, she has continued to be independent and living on her own, she has enjoyed living in the warmer weather, and she continued to worship in severa l churches . She enjoyed the following activities: Gospel concerts, plays, dining out, movies and she was al"\ays ready to laugh and she never met a stranger.

She was preceded in death by her husband and best friend . She leaves to mourn her God-daughters, Carrie "Debra" Alexander, Evelyn Denise Foster, God grandchildren, John (Florida), Issie (Faye), CaVonna (Sharrod), David, God great granddaughters, Shanae, Ajahla and Tulah (all of Atlanta) . Remaining Children of her beloved friend Elizabeth Jones : Lawrence (Florida), Theresa (Clarence) Ind. Regina, Robin, Gwendolyn (Miss.) Beloved friends, Mother Jacqueline McCiarin, Rev. Charles Adams (Dollie), Minister Pat Frazier, Joette, Ms. Betty and a host of friends and family .

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