"I have fought the good fight. I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. 2 Tim.4:7-8.
Linda Y. Betts Ellis finished the good fight on August 19, 2020. She went to receive her crown and spend eternity with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She was the fifth of fifteen children born to Willie David and Jeanette Betts on December 28, 1950, in Drewry, Alabama. Linda was preceded in death by her parents and two of her sisters, Mae Alice Betts Alexander and Voncile Betts.
Linda accepted Christ as her personal Savior at an early age and was an active and faithful member of Monroe Buelah Baptist Church, Drewry, Alabama. As a regular and faithful attendee, she participated in Sunday School, BTU, Vacation Bible School, Junior Choir, also Christmas and Easter Programs.
She was educated in the Rosenwald Elementary School and graduated with honors in 1969, from Union High School, Monroeville, Alabama. Linda was an excellent student. She was a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council, Future Business Leaders of America, the Spanish Club and the Y-Teen in which she held a number of offices. She was Editor-in-Chief of “The Eagle” (school yearbook) her senior year. The student body greatly admired her and elected her to reign as “Miss Union High” from 1968-1969.
She received her B.A. and Masters Degree in Social Work from Fisk University, Nashville, Tennessee. She worked as a counselor at Fisk for three years and was subsequently employed as a Social Worker for DeKalb County, Georgia for 30 years before retiring.
Linda was happily married for 24 years to Larry Ellis until his demise on October 17, 2001. To their union was born one child, a son, Demond Ellis. As a Georgia resident, Linda was affiliated with the Faith Deliverance Christian Church of Ellenwood. She was our "Earth Angel", soft spoken, thoughtful, kind and generous. Her life was the “fruit of the Spirit” as expressed in Galatians 5:22: "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness."
Linda, affectionately nicknamed "Lynn", leaves many family members and friends to celebrate her life and forever remember the precious times spent with her. This includes her loving and dedicated son, Demond Ellis and his caring and supportive wife/daughter-in-law, Marvis Mills Ellis; two grandchildren, Skylar and Dylan - the joys of her life; twelve siblings- Barbara Bradley, Gertrude Odom (Walter), Jeraldine Greene (Lonzie), Brenda Rudolph (Andrew-deceased), Betty Roberson, Willie C. Betts (Linda), Rayford Betts (Caldonia), Diahann Broughton (Raymond), Maurice Betts, Kenneth Betts (Connie), David Betts (Tania), and Patricia Watson; two aunts, Josephine Armstrong and Roxie Betts; one uncle, Joe Lee Betts; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and good friends.
Lynn would not have us grieve as people without hope. She would want us to remember the words of our Lord as recorded in John 14: 2-3: “In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also."
As a result of Coronavirus Pandemic health risks, Homegoing services for Linda Y. Ellis will consist of a private family graveside celebration in the cemetery of her home church, Monroe Buelah Baptist, Drewry, Alabama. Please express your condolences for our loss on the Tribute Wall, following your reading of her obituary. In lieu of flowers, Linda suggested that you might consider donating to the American Cancer Society or a Cancer Research organization of your choice.
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