OBITUARY

Ellen Hays Troup

October 16, 1950February 26, 2021
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Ellen Hays Troup was born to Guy and Celia Hays in Houston, Texas on October 16, 1950. She attended elementary school in Port Arthur, Texas and graduated from high school in Sinton, Texas. Ellen then earned an Associate Degree from San Jacinto College. Her many careers included interior design, real estate and advertising sales, HEB Cooking Connection chef and elementary school substitute teacher. She worked and lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Phoenix, Arizona, and Chicago, Illinois before she landed back in the Houston area to stay.

Ellen was married to the love of her life, Jan Marshall Troup, PhD, on November 30, 1996, and their adventure began. Over the course of almost thirty years, Jan and Ellen traveled to every continent in the world except Antarctica. They were avid scuba divers, with dives in Indonesia, the South Pacific, Australia, Galapagos, and the Caribbean, to name a few.

Ellen was a Lifetime Committeeman at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and served on the Ticket Trailer and World’s Championship Barbeque Committee for a total of 25 years. She also volunteered as a Docent at the Houston Zoo. Ellen loved the Nationally Famous Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band and she and Jan attended almost every home football game for the last 28 years. Ellen and Jan were so committed to Texas A&M University that they funded an endowed award in the Department of Chemistry.

Ellen was passionate about gourmet cooking, had tremendous dining expertise and could become the organizer of any event that came along.

After developing complications from cancer, Ellen went to Heaven on February 26, 2021. Our loss is immeasurable. Ellen was unique, fun and full of pleasure to be around. She will be missed by so many. Ellen’s wit, humor, intelligence, storytelling and authenticity were loved. Truly, one of a kind.

Ellen was proceeded in death by her parents, Guy and Celia Hays, her brother, Rupert Hays, and her niece, Karen Franklin. She is survived by her husband, Jan Troup, her sister, Janice Hays Crockett (Garland), sister-in-law, Sue Hays, an uncle, Fred Chatelain (Barbara), nephew Steven Hays (Randall), great nieces Brooke Franklin and Erica Kimble (Justin), great nephews Hunter Hays and Liam Franklin, and many beloved cousins as well as a great-great niece and nephew.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Houston Food Bank, 535 Portwall Street, Houston, TX 77029 or Text InMemory32 to 71777 or online at https://app.mobilecause.com/vf/InMemory/EllenTroup

A Celebration of Life can be viewed via Facebook Live on a personal account or here at Ellen's memorial page on Friday, March 19th beginning at 11AM. Urn entombment will be in the Mausoleum at Forest Park, The Woodlands, in perpetuity.

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Connie Januszewski

April 2, 2021

One of the best memories, we always had a theme 💜

Connie Januszewski

March 18, 2021

I simply don’t have words to express how at a loss I am .. Ellen and I started working together in 1991 . To this day , she is my dearest friend , she filled my heart with a million memories. From Tomball to Lake Tahoe, Cancun , and picnics in the summer listening to music ...and an occasional trip to Goodwill, every memory is a treasure . I love you dearly my precious friend and my life is forever changed with your parting . My deepest and most sincere condolences to Jan , Janice , and the rest of her tribe . To Debbie and Dillion , I thank my God that she’s been woven into the fabric of your lives as well . She gave you both the gift of her time , her love and her pride .
If you knew Ellen , you were blessed with the spark that can never be distinguished. I cannot say goodbye to you , but I will see you on Gods golden shore .

nick cetani

March 9, 2021

I never had the honor of meeting Ellen but working with her husband, Jan, I understood his passion not only about his career but also his love of family. Reading about Ellen and Jan one can see how full their life has been and how much joy was shared. Sincere condolences on behalf of our lab family at BioReference Lab and myself.

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Gloria Proctor

March 4, 2021

So saddened to hear of Ellen's passing I send my deepest condolences to her husband & family.
We recently connected again after 30 yrs. We enjoyed many, many fun times in the 90's and she was always such a joy to be around always full of life and laughter.
I will remember her beauty and wonderful style.
Remember Flatonia Chili Speilz parties at the ranch and our fun in Santa Fe.
Bless you Ellen, you will be missed, heaven has a beautiful angel.😇

Belinda Makins

March 4, 2021

I have many wonderful memories of Ellen! Ellen and I shared many laughs in Las Vegas at the National Rodeo Finals and running the roads in Tomball with Art and V. I will always remember Ellen with a smile of gratitude for the fun times we shared. Rest in Peace, Ellen....you have left a lasting memory for many.

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Biography

Ellen Hays Troup was born to Guy and Celia Hays in Houston, Texas on October 16, 1950. She attended elementary school in Port Arthur, Texas and graduated from high school in Sinton, Texas. Ellen then earned an Associate Degree from San Jacinto College. Her many careers included interior design, real estate and advertising sales, HEB Cooking Connection chef and elementary school substitute teacher. She worked and lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Phoenix, Arizona, and Chicago, Illinois before she landed back in the Houston area to stay.

Ellen was married to the love of her life, Jan Marshall Troup, PhD, on November 30, 1996, and their adventure began. Over the course of almost thirty years, Jan and Ellen traveled to every continent in the world except Antarctica. They were avid scuba divers, with dives in Indonesia, the South Pacific, Australia, Galapagos, and the Caribbean, to name a few.

Ellen was a Lifetime Committeeman at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and served on the Ticket Trailer and World’s Championship Barbeque Committee for a total of 25 years. She also volunteered as a Docent at the Houston Zoo. Ellen loved the Nationally Famous Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band and she and Jan attended almost every home football game for the last 28 years. Ellen and Jan were so committed to Texas A&M University that they funded an endowed award in the Department of Chemistry.

Ellen was passionate about gourmet cooking, had tremendous dining expertise and could become the organizer of any event that came along.

After developing complications from cancer, Ellen went to Heaven on February 26, 2021. Our loss is immeasurable. Ellen was unique, fun and full of pleasure to be around. She will be missed by so many. Ellen’s wit, humor, intelligence, storytelling and authenticity were loved. Truly, one of a kind.

Ellen was proceeded in death by her parents, Guy and Celia Hays, her brother, Rupert Hays, and her niece, Karen Franklin. She is survived by her husband, Jan Troup, her sister, Janice Hays Crockett (Garland), sister-in-law, Sue Hays, an uncle, Fred Chatelain (Barbara), nephew Steven Hays (Randall), great nieces Brooke Franklin and Erica Kimble (Justin), great nephews Hunter Hays and Liam Franklin, and many beloved cousins as well as a great-great niece and nephew.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Houston Food Bank, 535 Portwall Street, Houston, TX 77029 or Text InMemory32 to 71777 or online at https://app.mobilecause.com/vf/InMemory/EllenTroup

A Celebration of Life can be viewed via Facebook Live on a personal account or here at Ellen's memorial page on Friday, March 19th beginning at 11AM. Urn entombment will be in the Mausoleum at Forest Park, The Woodlands, in perpetuity.