Ella Mae Rollins

September 27, 1937May 3, 2021

Ella Mae Davis Rollins was born to the late Lilly Mae and George Davis in Brenham, Washington County, Texas. Ella was the granddaughter of the late Emma and Primus Edison of Brenham, Texas. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of over 50 years, Robert Earl Rollins.

Ella attended high school in Port Arthur, Texas. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tennessee State University, a Masters Degree from Prairie View A&M University, and later her Doctorate in Cosmetology from the National Institute of Cosmetology.

Ella became a Christian in her teenage years while growing up in Port Arthur, Texas. After moving to Dallas in the early 1960’s, Ella United with the St. John Missionary Baptist Church under the late Rev. E.C. Estelle and remained an active member until her death.

Ella sang in the Sanctuary Choir at St John, served as General Superintendent of the Sunday School, as a member of the Trustee Board, and on the Branch Roland Scholarship Committee. Ella Mae was gifted in public speaking and enjoyed expressing that gift at church and in the community.

Ella Mae was a visionary and strong proponent of education for young people. She was an educator and taught many years at Skyline and Lincoln High Schools pouring into the lives of her students. After retiring early from DISD, Ella founded the Contessa Rol Beauty College , a cosmetology school fully licensed by the State of Texas. Ella Mae provided leadership, training, and guidance to hundreds of students in the field of cosmetology. Her dedication and love for young people was driven by her strong faith in God and good works.

Ella’s community involvement was exhibited in her membership with the South Dallas Business and Professional Women’s Organization and the annual Maurine F. Bailey Cultural Foundation.

Ella is survived by family caregivers Dr. Dan & Maria Jones of Dallas, loving and caring cousins that live in Dallas, Houston, Brenham, and the Washington D.C area, her special godchildren Patti & Paul Cooper, Belinda & Ben Adam’s and stepson Dejuan Rollins

The family extends special gratitude to Edith Scott, RN (Talco House), Veronica Anderson, Sandra Rowden, and Patti Cooper for your faithful support.


  • Visitation

    Monday, May 10, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, May 11, 2021


  • Committal Service

    Tuesday, May 11, 2021


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Gloria Brown

May 12, 2021

My Lady you will truly be missed I thank you for the time you shared your beautiful life with me your knowledge of life but most of all your beautiful HEART REST IN HEAVEN MY QUEEN

Gwen Brown

May 10, 2021

Mrs Rollins was in a class all by herself with a spirit of generosity that was second to none.
She was a people lover and demonstrated the love of God as she went about her daily duties.
Her kindness, compassion, and the way she connected to people will be cherished.

Bennie Adams

May 10, 2021

                      Mrs. Ella Rollins Remembrance 

I have known Mother Rollins for 25 years. We first met, when I worked for Dudley Products, and serviced her school, back in the day. We would have these wonderful, deep afternoon conversations about business, growing the business, customer service, and becoming a better supplier. She was always so humble, kind, and patient. However, you could definitely push her nerves! She always purchased products from me, whether she needed them or not. If she saw I had a “not so good” day, she would do little things like,”Here, take your wife to dinner.” Of course I would decline, but she would insist. In her insistence, she would explain and teach me the important lesson of being able to receive. Through the years, I was able, later in life, to do little things for her, such as pick up a few groceries, buy her dinner, or run a few errands. She would ask what she owed, and I would tell her nothing. She’d fuss and call me “hard-headed”, so I would remind her of that same lesson she taught me on receiving. Her gratitude was something that was so inspirational to me, and so greatly appreciated.

Your Godson,

Ben Adams

Carolyn Glaspie

May 10, 2021

"Sadly missed along life's way, quietly remembered every day... No longer in our life to share, but in our hearts, you're always there.

M Joyce Brown

May 10, 2021

I am going to miss Ms. Rollins beautiful smile and the love and care she showed to everyone at St. John Missionary Baptist Church.

Veronica Anderson

May 7, 2021

Rest In Peace Mrs Rollins
Beautiful Sophisticated Lady


May 7, 2021

Mrs. Rollins was my cheerleader, mentor and confidant. She believed in me more than I believed in myself. When I met Mrs. Rollins in 1989, I was very determined and strongwilled to get my Manicurist License. She told me if I did the extra work and made high grades on my classwork, as well as exams, she would make sure I get to state board. I am proud to say that she was a woman of her words. Over 30 years in the cosmetology business, it has paid off dearly. There will never be another Mrs. Rollins. She was one tough cookie! I will always, always love her for her tough love.

Delwin Robinson

May 6, 2021

Mrs. Rollins was truly a blessing to me and has help me in many ways in my career and even now still helping me from all her knowledge and wisdom as I in bark on a new journey in my life... I just hate I was not able to see you or talk to you one last time before your passing... You will forever be in my heart and thoughts as long as I have breath in my lungs.. Love forever & Always in my signature words Until then Delwin Robinson Rest Well Mrs Ella Mae Rollins AKA Mrs. CONTESSA ROL'......