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Ellna Gillespie Kotz

July 26, 1937April 10, 2021
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Ellna Virginia Kotz, of Village Mills, passed away April 10th, 2021. She was born July 26th, 1937 to Drew and Lora Gillespie

Ellna grew up in Beaumont and graduated Beaumont High School. After graduation, she married Peter Kotz and started a family. Together, they raised three children, Danny, David, and Kathy. She spent many happy years taking care of her children. Later in her life, she became a florist with Thompson's Florist, where she worked for over 20 years. She loved to sew, crochet, and take care of her husband. Ellna was very outgoing and outspoken, and didn't mince her words, but she was fair and loving. Ellna was also apart of the Red Hat Society and loved her visits to restaurants with her friends.

Ellna is proceeded in death by her parents, and her husband Peter.

Ellna is survived by her children, Danny Kotz and wife Heather of Fannett, David Kotz of Austin, Kathy Price and husband Roger of Port Arthur, nine grandchildren as well as 20 great grand children.

A Celebration of Life for Ellna will be held April 16th, 2021 at 10:00 am at Forest Lawn Funeral Home, with her burial to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

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  • A Celebration of Ellna's Life

    Friday, April 16, 2021

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Heather Hanks

April 17, 2021

Today we said goodbye (for a while) to my grandmother, and goodbyes always remind me of what a person means to me.
These are lessons I learned from my grandmama:
1. Bake homemade rolls. People always show up for rolls.
2. Create a home where everyone is welcome...everyone.
3. Give your form of discipline a name. "Sam Brown" scared the crap out of all of us kids for years. However, I don't think anyone of us ever met "Sam Brown," except Uncle Danny...at least that's the legend that has been told.
4. Show up. I can't even begin to count how many recitals, programs, ball games, and concerts Grandmama attended. The number doesn't matter because she was always there.
5. Always have gum. My addiction to gum is well-earned.
6. Smile. Grandmama's smile lit up a room. I'll miss this.
7. Sometimes you have to put on your "feisty pants." Take up for the little guy, and always protect your family.
8. Greetings matter. Grandmama knew how to enter a room and answer the phone. I thought about calling her 10 times today to tell her everything I was thinking. I told Jesus instead...he'll pass it along.

Barbara Slaughter

April 16, 2021

Ellna was my very first friend in grade school - Ogden. We walked to school every day and became best friends. She was so beautiful, talented , and smart. We have remained friends for all these years. She was the kind of friend that one was able to just start talking to and laughing and reminiscing with after not communicating for several years. I will miss her greatly. She was a big part of my early life. Love, Jeannie

Cindy Grant

April 14, 2021

Remember cleaning for her n being able to have her to talk to to when I needed a friend I will always cherish our time together she was a very sweet lady n loved her kids so much.She always has a heart rest in peace my friend til I see you again love you

Michael Oldham

April 14, 2021

Even the prodigal nephew and black sheep of the family was always welcomed with open arms. She always spoke with honesty even when she knew it wasn't what I wanted to hear. That kind of love is a rare treasure that came from a true role model. Her love was endless and my respect for her immeasurable.
Condolences to my cousins, Kathy, Danny, and David and all their children and grandchildren who must feel this loss even greater than I.
God Bless You All,
Mike

Carroll Drake

April 13, 2021

I am sorry to hear of Ellna's passing. I have known her since her high school days. She was in the high school group called THE PURPLE QUINES. My wife, I, Allen and Ellna were good friends over the years. You may remember me Kathy. Ellna called me when you and she came to Fort Worth to evade a hurricane. Would you be so kind as to send me some information concerning her illness.

carrolldrake35@gmail.com

John Baker

April 13, 2021

Love you Grandmama, forever in our hearts!!

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