September 21, 1932 – November 15, 2020
On a glorious day September 21, 1932, Helen Ellison was born to Johnny and Earlene Stewart in Texarkana, Arkansas. She moved to Phoenix, Arizona as a child. At the age of 19, she married Robert Ellison. They traveled the country-side until deciding to settle down and start a family. Helen was a stay-at-home Mom and part-time Care Provider.
She was preceded in death by her Father and Mother: Johnny and Earlene Stewart, Husband Robert Ellison, Siblings: Carl Stewart, Johnny Stewart, Retha Brown-Green, Callie Whitmore, Roy Stewart, and Great Grandson Eric Norwood.
Helen is survived by her children: Brenda Ellison-Bailey (Shelton Bailey, deceased), Robert Ellison Jr., Carolyn Newman (WC Rostchild), Rita Clemens (Ronald Clemens Sr.) Grandchildren: LaKisha Clemens, Spencer Ellison, Tianna Ellison, TyJuan Clemens, Ronald Clemens Jr. Aaron Newman (Lauren Montgomery), and Tasja Newman (Mike Brown). Great Grandchildren: Sierra Clemens, Siasia Dean, Sequon Dean, Vincent Dean Jr., Malani Malvido, Isabella Garcia, Spencer Ellison Jr., Trevon Ellison, Sa’Riyah Newman, Ariyah Newman, Kenoa Newman, Neheima Newman, Antaniyah Newman, Aaliyah Newman, Cyuanna Newman, Aaron Newman Jr, Amir Newman, Maliyah Newman, Tavon Brown and Aryanna Brown. Great Great Grandchild – on his way.
Special Acknowledgment of Close Friends
Friends: Martha Warwick – A true friendship that lasted 60+ years. Martha was a part of the family and was there during the good and the bad times, and truly a blessing. The family is grateful for this friendship.
Another good friend is Vernell Suarez-I know Mom will miss watching movies with you. Thank you for being a good friend.
Henrietta - Your work is done. No need to knock on the door or change the humidifier water. Thank you for all you did.
“I’m going to miss you so much beautiful Lady. You will forever and ever be in my heart. Rest in heaven Mama, you good now!” Carolyn Newman -Daughter
“You taught us to never say goodbye, so I know this isn’t the end. I’ll hold you with me in my heart forever Granny. Until we meet again. Eternal love!” ~Tasja Newman – Granddaughter.
“Mom, there’s no words to express my love and respect for you. You taught me to be a strong Black Woman. If it weren’t for your love and strength I wouldn’t be here today. Rest in Peace my Queen!” ~Brenda Ellison – Daughter
“She was a great mother and deserved more.” ~Robert Ellison
Celebration of Life
Advantage Maryvale Chapel
November 26, 2020
All I can say is Thank you for Showing me
That I’m enough not needing permission
To Just Be the Strong Young Women I’ve
Grown to be With all my love well done
They good and Faithful Real woman Of God
November 25, 2020
Thank you for all of the kindness that you showed my mother. A brief conversation or a quick hello always brought a smile to her face. You were a constant friend.
Thank you for welcoming me into your home and sharing your family with me especially Rita who will always be my best friend. You will be missed! Love you
Vernell and Lesley
November 25, 2020
Mother you taught us to be so strong. I know this isn't goodbye . So you go ahead and walk on down the road thats paved with gold. I love you and I will miss you so much. Mother job well done.
November 25, 2020
My dear sweet granny I love you and will miss you so much. You taught and instilled so many things in me and I will cherish those memories forever. I’m so blessed to have been your granddaughter for 36yrs Thank You.
Lakisha Clemens ❤️