Grand Prairie Funeral Home

733 Dalworth Street, Grand Prairie, TX


Mary Ellen Tedder

October 28, 1973September 30, 2019
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Mary Ellen Tedder was born in Dallas, Texas, on October 28, 1973, to parents James Erwin and Mary Sue Tedder and grew up in Grand Prairie, graduating from high school in 1992.

She worked briefly for the North Texas Tollway Authority before being employed by U-Haul, where she has remained for the last 17 years. During her extended employment, she has been a committed, dedicated, and exemplary "Girl Friday" to a group of male coworkers. Because of her competence and compassion, she became the "hub" of the entire facility.

Pooh was married to "Happy" Flores several years and was a beloved step-mom to Daniel. She and "Happy" have remained good, personal friends, working closely together at U-Haul.

Mary Ellen became a Christian as a teen and lived for her Savior her entire adult life. She has been a faithful and devoted member of Memorial Baptist Church for the last 24 years, serving on various committees, teaching teens, and leading music; but her forte was that inborn, superb solo voice. she was always eager to sing Gospel solos as a testimony of her abiding faith in Jesus Christ.

Pooh will be remembered as being knowledgeable, honest, straightforward, and trustworthy. To know Pooh was to love her as indicated by her host of loving friends and colleagues.

Mary is survived by her devoted parents, James Erwin and Mary Sue Tedder; loving, sister Pamela Hoffman; favorite brother-in-law, John Hoffman; special nephew Colby Hoffman; charming niece, Chloe Hoffman; doting grandmothers, Mary Elizabeth Orr and Darlene Tedder; grandfather, James M. Tedder; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, coworkers, and friends.

Pooh was preceded in death by her grandfather, Byron T. Orr.


  • Travis Orr, Active Pallbearer
  • John Hoffman, Active Pallbearer
  • Colby Hoffman, Active Pallbearer
  • Happy Flores, Active Pallbearer
  • Eric Hillis, Active Pallbearer
  • Clay Appleberry, Active Pallbearer
  • Dale Smith, Active Pallbearer
  • Bart Tedder, Active Pallbearer
  • Eddie Tedder, Active Pallbearer
  • Steve Wilhite, Active Pallbearer


  • Visitation Thursday, October 3, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, October 4, 2019
  • Committal Service Friday, October 4, 2019


Mary Ellen Tedder

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Tammy Warren

December 10, 2019

You were the light of Sunshine to everyone and you Were & Will be Loved Forever. Even though we weren't that close, my Niece you'll Always be til we meet again.

Love & Miss You,
Aunt Tammy

Rachel Eley

December 10, 2019

Every Sunday morning it was so nice to see and be around Pooh, and that sweet joyful spirit that she just radiated. I remember how often I would find myself hesitating so much to go up and sing, but she always encouraged me to sing and even the times when I was scared to she would offer to sing a song with me. She really helped grow me out of my shell when it comes to singing and I am deeply missing my singing buddy at church. But I know she’s singing such beautiful praises in heaven to the King ♥️ I love you Pooh, and I’m so thankful for the time we had to get to know each other! Thank you for loving my family so dearly as well. To my choir/church buddy until we meet again 💕Love Rachel Eley💕

Kay Morris

December 8, 2019

Pooh - you were such a wonderful, loving and caring niece. Always there and a great ambassador for our family. Always giving of yourself to help others and bringing awareness to your many causes. I will always cherish the memories of you singing and Arron playing saxophone at family funerals. You are among the angels now and singing for them again. Please give Angela a big hug from us and enjoy all our other family members and friends. Until we see you again, love always - Aunt Kay

Danielle Trim

December 8, 2019


I will never forget the first time we met, you gave me a biggest hugs and told me you have been praying for me. I was so touched that someone I never met was praying and thinking of me from miles away.... Since that first day you were the first person I would look for at Church because you would always put a smile on my face and give me the biggest Pooh Bear hugs. Your heart was filled with some much love, my family and I are going to miss you so. I will truly miss your smile, hugs, jokes and sweet spirit.. Wish we had more time together so we could go bra and dress shopping. 💕

Love & Miss you!

Karen Eley

December 8, 2019

Wow! There’s So much I’d like to say but they’re simply not enough time. Pooh, I’ve only known you for a few years but I’ve shared a lifetime of memories with you. I will miss our many conversations about everything under the sun, but most of all I’m going to miss you! Because you’re my sister in Christ, we’ll get to see each other again.✝️ I’m truly blessed to say that I’ve known you.
All my love and prayers for the family,

Love Karen

Pastor Ron Eley

December 8, 2019

Dear Family, I call you family because Pooh would often refer to me as her family, I just happened to be her pastor. (I’m sure that she’s laughing at that one) However, she would also be laughing at this one, I’m at a loss for words. Words simply would not be sufficient for the deep loss we’re experiencing, as a church family, and as a family. I feel blessed and honored to have served our Lord along side of Pooh. It has been my privilege to be a fellow choir member, as well as her Pastor, but I’m even more privileged to say that I’m her brother and friend. My love and prayers are continually with you all.

Serving Him,

Brother Ron

Kiki Anderson

December 8, 2019

Sweet Pooh,

We all miss you so terribly much. You touched so many countless people, including myself, with your smile, hugs, laughter, compassion and angelic singing. I will never forget each one of your beautiful testimonies through songs. You truly sang for The Lord. I’m so grateful for every second of precious time I did get to share with you. Till we meet again..

All my love,

Kiki Anderson

Christi Selph

December 7, 2019

Pooh you will always be my precious niece. I Love you so much. You were always so caring and thoughtful. You never missed my birthday or Mother’s Day. I always got a text from you on those days. I Love you and miss you dearly.

Bart Tedder

December 7, 2019

Well i'm not sure what to say. As everyone knows you were my first niece and you will always be and nothing can change that nor would i ever want it to . The first of everything holds a special spot in anyones heart. You know the times i would just pop in on ya'll at church , I was a little down and just needed to get away and I don't know how it would happen but it's seems that when I was needing a pick me up , you would sing the words that I needed to hear with that beautiful voice of yours . And i'm sorry that I never told you that . I Love You and always will , I know this is not goodbye ,but till I see you again , I Love You and miss you and so does everyone else .Also could you send a message of some sort to you Mom and Dad they would love a pick me up from You from time to time from you.

Darlene Tedder

December 6, 2019

You were the first Granddaughter. How you brought great Joy to all of us. I'll Cherish all the times we got to spend together. We had some wonderful times on the Cruise, Mexico trip, Family Reunions and our many times at the Casinos.
This is not Goodbye, it's I'll see you later when my time here is done.
I Miss You and I'll Love You Forever.

Love Always,
Granny Tedder




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