Ella Lee Hart

November 4, 1922June 1, 2014

Ella Lee Neal Hart, 91 of Calvert, Texas went to be with the Lord on Sunday June 1, 2014 after a valiant fight with cancer.

She was born on November 5, 1922 in Jasper Texas to Wesley L. Neal and Daphne Casey Neal. Ella Lee was a graduate of Jasper High school and attended Sam Houston State University. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Calvert for 40 years. She was a gourmet cook who authored a cookbook that many have enjoyed. Ella Lee was passionate about her church doing God’s work through missions. She has been actively involved in the Calvert Woman’s Club, the Calvert Historical Society, and the Calvert Chamber of Commerce. Ella Lee had a heart for giving and gave tirelessly to her family, church and community.

Ella Lee was preceded in death by her beloved parents.

She is survived by her daughter Daphne Ann Adams, brother Wesley L. Neal Jr. and his wife Joan, and her son-in-love George Allison and his wife Pat. Granddaughters Amy Lee Hawkins and husband Lance, Jennifer Ann Nelson and husband Greg, and Molly Hart Brinkley and husband Michael. Great -grandchildren Kyle Nelson, Steven Nelson and his wife Kristen, Corbett and Colin Davis, Brandon Hawkins, Matthew, Allison Hart, and Jackson Wesley Haffner, Hunter, Hannah and Brooke Ann Brinkley. Great-great granddaughter Elyssa Nicholson. Nieces Nancy Allmon and husband Lynn, Jana Armentrout and husband Herb, along with numerous great nieces and nephews. Her special friend Linda Fleming and husband Zoro .

The family would like to thank Dr. Alan Young and Dr. Erin Fleener for their wonderful care as well as the nursing staff on the oncology unit at St. Joseph Hospital.


  • Visitation Tuesday, June 3, 2014
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, June 4, 2014
  • Graveside Service Wednesday, June 4, 2014

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Sally Burnham Moore

June 5, 2014

Ella Lee epitomized living life according to John 10:10, abundantly. She reflected the fullness of God's goodness in her love of beauty, family, flowers, antiques, food and elegant living. I often thought she was the living embodiment of a “Victoria” magazine. More, though, Ella Lee lived life abundantly in her generosity in all things. She was joyous in her giving and her care for others. She had a soft, sweet, Southern voice, and never had a harsh word for or about anyone. She always had a sparkle of fun and excitement threading through all she shared. She truly was blessed in being “young at heart.” I will remember her hospitality, her graciousness, her deep faith and beautiful prayers. I will try, like Ella Lee, to live life big…even though I, unlike Ella Lee, don't have the hair to match her big life. I was blessed to know her. Texas will be a bit emptier now without her, and heaven's heart is enlarged because she is there.

Jim & Susie TIPPS

June 4, 2014

Mrs.Hart will be missed by so many people that knew her. What a lovely and precious lady she was. She has left behind deep beautiful memories in her children, grandchildren and friends. We were honored and blessed to have known her over 50 plus years. God Bless her and her loving family.

Nancy Juvrud

June 3, 2014

A dear lady who will be sorely missed for her smile and presence. Rest with Jesus. The struggle is over.

Fran and Ross Hooks

June 3, 2014

Ella Lee was one in a million. Ross and I are so honored to have known her and enjoyed her musical talents. Her legacy with the Calvert Historical Foundation was so significant. The entire community owes her gratitude for loving her beloved Calvert and all she did to preserve its beauty.

Doris Smitherman Swope

June 3, 2014

I am sure FBC Calvert will miss this wonderful lady's smile and her small and great contributions over the years as she served her Lord faithfully every time she was called upon. May she rest in peace now and forevermore in her heavenly room that God prepared for her. My prayers go out to her loving family and to all her friends who will miss her dearly. Doris Smitherman Swope (Daughter of Ineta Smitherman who went to her heavenly home May 21, 2013) Mother was honored to have known Ella for the 21yrs. that she belong to FBC Calvert ( Carthage, TX)

Gloria Powers

June 3, 2014

Ella Lee will be so missed at FBC Calvert. What a blessing she has been to this current Pastor and wife. She was such an active and vital part of the church and indeed in Calvert. The family is in our prayers. Her spirit lives on.....
Pastor Ralph and Gloria Powers

Greg Nelson

June 3, 2014

A true Southern Lady like none other. I loved my Mimi very much and am blessed to be a part of her family. Through her grand daughter, Jennifer, I will continue to experience Mimi's grace, compassion and loving ways. Thank you Mimi I love you so much.

Wanda and Tony Moye

June 3, 2014

Ms Ella Lee was always such a graceful lady. She will be greatly missed by many. We feel very honored to have known her during our time at FBC Calvert. Prayers for her sweet family.

Madonna Kearney

June 3, 2014

My prayers are for all of you during this sad time.

John, Sandy, Zach and Nick Russell

June 2, 2014

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.