Mary Josephine Carr Ellis

July 20, 1921April 10, 2018

Mary Josephine Carr Ellis

7-20-21 until 4-10-18

There is a party in heaven, the Carr girls all finally together! Mary Jo was born to Mr. and Mrs H. E. Carr of Nashville. She shared a full life with each of her four sisters who preceded her in death, Louise Grissim, Bebe Byrn, Elizabeth Nicholls, and Jane Pettey. She was also preceded in death by her husband and best friend, J. Porter Ellis. Educated at Peabody Demonstration school, she worked at American Airlines during World War II before settling back in Nashville. She was a reporter for the Nashville Banner retiring from the Society/Lifestyles section. She served as Carol Chairman and President of Fannie Battle Day Home. She was also the first president of the Council of Community Agencies, the predecessor of the United Givers Fund. She was a member of the Centennial Club, a charter member of Hillwood Country Club, and former member of the Colonial Dames. Mary Jo was a life master in bridge, enjoying many moments around the bridge table. She and Porter played golf into their 80’s.

At the time of her death, she was a resident at Park Manor. She is survived by her children and step children: Joe Brady, Tom Brady (Caroline), Steve Brady (Ellen), Susan Broyles (Brad), Lyn Robison (Phil), Jo Sanders, and David Ellis (Carol); 5 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren, and 16 step-great grandchildren, along with many loving nieces and nephews.

Mary Jo’s family is eternally grateful to Cindy Matheny for the kind and loving care that she gave our mother for her last years.

Abiding by her wishes, her remains were cremated and will be spread among her favorite places. There will be a celebration of her life at Hillwood, Sunday April 15 from 2PM until 4PM for friends and family.

In her memory, please make donations to Fannie Battle Day Home, The Community Foundation, or the charity of your choice.


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Mary Josephine Carr Ellis

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