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Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home and Memorial Park

6300 West William Cannon Drive, Austin, TX

OBITUARY

Gladys Helen Ellison

November 8, 1925February 8, 2020
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Gladys Helen Ellison was born to the late Georgia M. Rodwell and James Rodwell Sr. of Chicago IL on November 8, 1925. She was the fourth oldest of fourteen children (5 brothers and 8 sisters). Gladys departed this life on Saturday, February 8, 2020, 7:05 pm at St. David’s Hospital, Austin, TX. She survived by three sisters, Beverly J. Holmes, Mary E. Carr, and Georgia Rodwell‐Brookes . Gladys also survived by a host of grandchildren, greatgrandchildren, great‐great grandchildren (totaling a hundred plus), family members, and friends.

Gladys was united in holy matrimony to the late Sam Ware and Matthew J. Ellison Sr., to these unions, eleven children were born (7 boys and 4 girls), Abdul Mohamed (Perry Ware), Roland Ware, Sandra Ware‐Fresch, Samuel Ware Jr., Alfred Ware, Kenneth Ware, Helen Ware‐Ellison, Joel Ware, Beverly Ware, Matthew Ellison Jr., and Ellen Ellison‐Westra.

She worked hard all of her life retiring from the Internal Revenue Service twice, at age seventy two then eighty two. Gladys was an avid disciple of Christ where prayer was priority one of every day. Her church affiliation goes back to childhood where she was baptized then saved and remained a faithful church member until she was called home.

Gladys was gifted with a passion to love all that touched many hearts in her lifetime, not only the eleven children she raised, but family and friends. She was blessed with a loving heart that rubbed off on all that got know her as Gladys, Momma or Little Momma. Gladys loved to dance; her dancing was so entertaining for many years, you can only smile or laugh and hope you can stay up with her. She was a Master Chef in the kitchen that loved to cook for all, she always fed her company, families, church members, and friends with the best soul food that was so good, it always made you want more.

She was preceded in death by her mother Georgia M. Rodwell and father James Rodwell Sr.; two husbands Sam Ware and Matthew J. Ellison Sr.; five sisters Francis Rodwell, Minnette Beacham, Willa D. Deas, Winna B. Thomas, and Alice C. Ellens; and four brothers Ronald Rodwell, George Rodwell, Alfred Rodwell, Hubert Rodwell, and James Rodwell.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, February 14, 2020
  • Funeral Service Saturday, February 15, 2020

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Raven Jones

February 15, 2020

Grandma you will always have a special place in my heart full of love and memories this song popped up in my head you would always play it over and over Georgia Mass Choir " Turn it over to Jesus"🙏🙏🙏 oh how i love this song😘

Tamika Ware

February 14, 2020

Tamika Ware

February 14, 2020

Tamika Ware

February 14, 2020

Cassandra Thompson

February 13, 2020

To: Al, Deborah, Jeremy, Janai and Family,

May our Lord and Savior bless each of you during this time.
Hold tight to your memories.... Remember family gatherings, events, celebrations, and holidays. Think of the good times and the laughter you shared, continue to lean on each other for strength and those tears will soon be replace with a smile. Someone as special as Ms. Gladys will never be forgotten, because she will remain in your hearts forever. May those loving memories ease your loss and bring you comfort.
We have said a little prayer to our Lord above that he may continue to console and comfort each of you with His everlasting love. Take a moment to feel His embrace; He is holding each of you.

Love,
Cassandra Thompson & Family

Jeremy Ware

February 13, 2020

Granma,
I know you are looking down on us, just know you always taught me right from wrong. Words can’t express how much you meant to me, and I will continue to be the strong young man you wanted me to be. I don’t mourn you, but I celebrate you everyday until I meet you at the gates. The most influential and strongest women I have ever known! I love you forever and always.

Jeremy Ware

February 13, 2020

Jeremy Ware

February 13, 2020

Leslie Roberts

February 12, 2020

Ms. Gladys was such a special soul! I had the privilege of meeting her while working for the Internal Revenue service. She always had a smile on her face, a kind word to say, and a "Big Hug" from that little body. She was such an inspiration, and great role model. We all could have learned so much from her, about loving and accepting each other as Christ intended. I'm sure all of her family will miss her terribly. But we know she's up with the good Lord, making him Laugh!

Tamela Smith

February 11, 2020

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