Ellen Hudson was born April 30, 1949 in Mississippi to the union of John and Emzolia Hudson. She was raised by her mother Emzolia and father Tommy Lee Johnson Sr. Ellen was the first born of thirteen children. Ellen was affectionately known as Ella, Allah, Alabama, Granny.
Ellen attended Madison Street Elementary, Howard Jr. High and Howard High School.
In 1969, Ellen married James Hargrove. She had five beautiful children and five grandchildren whom she loved as her own. She was a daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, grandma and loyal friend to many.
Ellen has always been a spiritual person even as a little girl she had a love for God. She was a member of the Allen Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church. Her most cherished book is God's word the Bible. When she would encounter a trial, she turned to the holy writings for encouragement and always found comfort from the scriptures, she loved to read the book of Psalms particularly the 23rd, 35th and 121st chapters.
Ellen was very close to her family and included her loved ones in all her endeavors. When she was a young girl she would go to the theatre alone because her brothers and sisters could not afford to accompany her, however when she returned home she would recite the movie verbatim and reenact what she saw in a very lively and animated way doing so to the point that her siblings felt as if they had viewed the movie with her.
In addition to her heartfelt desire to praise God, Ellen loved to cook, enjoy good food, dance, shop, travel, get dressed up and attend family reunions. Ellen had an overwhelming desire to help those in need.
Ellen had an extraordinary memory, she had the creative ability and faculty of imagining. She was not afraid to dream and share her dreams. She felt that a woman must fill her life with meaning, because meaning is not automatically given to life. Ellen was a free spirit she was a person who thought and acted in a free way without worrying about normal social rules. One of her greatest passions was sharing knowledge. She enjoyed helping others and desired to be a missionary. She loved to love and was young at heart. She was certainly a rare priceless jewel.
Ellen departed this life on Thursday, August 10, 2017. Ellen was preceded in death by her daughter Sharla Alexa Hargrove, father Tommy Lee Johnson Sr., brother Isaiah Johnson, brother-in-law Edward W. Easter Jr.
Ellen leaves to mourn her death her mother Emzolia Johnson, daughters Stephanie Harris, Erica Strong (Jerry) sons James Hudson (Timothy) Marquis Hargrove, granddaughters Sharelle Hall (Doyle) Lashawn Hudson, Jessica Hudson, Kayla Hudson, grandson Walter Harris, Jr., James Hudson Jr., sisters, Merlene Easter, Ora Young, Pauline Johnson, Norma Martinez (Genaro) Barbara Davis (Mark) Delano Johnson, Natasha Harris(Ricky) brothers Tommy Lee Johnson Jr., Terry Johnson, Sylvester Johnson, Andrew Johnson a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, family and friends.
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