Cook-Walden Funeral Home

6100 North Lamar, Austin, TX


Ellen F. Byrum

December 17, 1918November 8, 2019

Ellen Freeman Byrum of Austin went to be with the Lord on November 8, 2019. She was born December 17,1918 in Ireland, Texas. and is preceded in death by her beloved husband and best pal William Winston Byrum.

Ellen loved Jesus and shared her faith and inspiration with family, friends and strangers. Our Miss Ellen was adored by everyone with her warm smile, kind heart and loving soul. Her positive attitude and humor was contagious. She had three lives—the first as daughter/sister, the second as wife and mother. Then she gracefully reinvented herself after the love of her life passed away and became the fabulous Miss Ellen to her new friends and community

She is survived by her 3 children: Pamela Hodgson, Bill (Patricia) Byrum, Jane (Roger) Stiefer; 4 grandchildren: Sean (Jennifer) Hodgson, Jason (Amanda) Stiefer, Heather (Roger) Vitko, and Cal (Kathleen) Becker; and great grandchildren: Anna Hodgson, Reagan and Roger Vitko, Abigail, Wyatt, and Landry Stiefer, and Emily Becker.

The family is grateful for the loving care provided by Longhorn Village and Heart to Heart Hospice of Austin.

Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00pm on Friday, November 15, 2019 at Cook-Walden Funeral Home, 6100 North Lamar Blvd, Austin, Texas 78752.

Funeral service will be held at 10:00am on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at Cook-Walden Funeral Home, 6100 North Lamar Blvd, Austin, Texas 78752. Interment will follow in Cook Walden Capital Parks Cemetery in Pflugerville, Texas.

To share condolences with the family, please visit www.cookwaldenfuneralhome.com.


  • Jason Stiefer, Active Pallbearer
  • Sean Hodgson, Active Pallbearer
  • Roger Vitko, Active Pallbearer
  • Kenneth Powell, Active Pallbearer
  • Ronnie Young, Active Pallbearer
  • Richard Shine, Active Pallbearer


  • Visitation Friday, November 15, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 16, 2019
  • Interment Saturday, November 16, 2019


Ellen F. Byrum

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Melissa Cornish

November 16, 2019

Jane, Roger, Jason, Heather
You all are on my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time...

Bill and Mary Helen Cornish

November 15, 2019

Roger and Jane thinking of you during this time of sorrow.
You are both in our prayers

Chelsea Collie

November 14, 2019

I loved Ms. Byrum so much. She was always so sweet to me and Sean. She was like our sweet grandma. She was beautiful and always happy and smiling. She attended our wedding and that made us so happy. I’m so thankful that I got to visit her last fall and I wish I could have seen her again. We love you Ms. Byrum. Sean and I will always cherish our memories with you.

Richard Shine

November 13, 2019

My mind and heart is filled with many blessed memories of Aunt Ellen from the first time I met here almost 50 years ago. I have loving memories of Ellen and Winston and more lately of Aunt Ellen being so kind and serving each time we would get together with her at family events and sharing meals together. I will hold a soft spot in my heart for Aunt Ellen forever more. I know she will be missed by everyone that had the pleasure to meet her and to love her. I know she in now in the arms of the Lord and Winston.