Ella Lindsay

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Born on July 21, 1920

Departed on September 25, 2011

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Ella Francis (Childs) Lindsay, a long time resident of Kingston, NY, departed this life on Sunday, September 25, 2011, after a short illness. She was born on July 21, 1920 in South Boston, Virginia. She was daughter of the late William and Louise Childs. She had a full and rich life. She was 90 years old.
A very important aspect of her life was her faith in Jesus Christ. Ella was a committed believer and actively worshipped the Lord at River View Missionary Baptist Church for over 70 years. At her church she served in many different capacities: a choir member, an usher, a missionary, a Sunday school teacher and superintendent, and a church mother. She served for many years as the scholarship committee chairperson where she encouraged young people to get an education. One of her proudest accomplishments was earning her GED at the age of 72.
Ella’s faith walk took her beyond the walls of the church and into her community. Her home always had an open door and anyone could find a good hot meal and a place to stay. She had a way of making everyone feel like they were family. She was affectionately called “Mother Ella”. She worked as a lunch room monitor at J.F. Kennedy Elementary School. In 1967, Ella was one of the first employees at M. Clifford Miller Jr. High School, where she worked as a hall monitor and cafeteria aide. She was a 4H leader for several years, and she started the first community watch program in her neighborhood. She was an election poll worker for over thirty years.
Numerous young people, for whom she was a surrogate mother, have themselves become parents, but they never forget “Mother Ella”.
On June 10, 1945, Ella married James P. Lindsay. She was predeceased by her husband and children: Thomas B. Childs, Mary Torres, and Zelma Harrison. Survivors include her five children: the Reverend James (wife Dorothy) Childs, Carol (husband Bert) Henderson, Ronald (wife Nadine) Lindsay, Anthony (wife Julie) Lindsay, Gregory (wife Laurie) Lindsay; the spouses of her deceased children, Sherry Childs, Reyes Torres, Jr., and Eric Harrison; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews too numerous to mention.
Friends may call Sunday Oct. 2, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at The Pointe of Praise Family Life Center 243 Hurley Ave. Kingston. A final viewing will take place Monday Oct. 3 from 10:00 to 11:00 am with services following at 11:00 am at the church. Pastor James Childs will officiate, Pastor Harold Jolly will deliver the eulogy.
Interment will be in Montrepose Cemetery Kingston,
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Ulster County Multi Service Center (Kings Kids Scholarship) P.O. Box 1714 Kingston, NY 12402
To leave an online condolence please visit www.libbyfuneralhome.com
Arrangements are under the direction of Libby Funeral Home, Inc. 55 Teller Ave. Beacon, NY 12508

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Date Of Service
Sunday October 2, from 4 -7 pm

Location Of Service
The Pointe of Praise Family Life Center 243 Hurley Ave. Kingston, NY

Guestbook Entries

  1. Gregg Harris September 29, 2011 at 12:00 am - Reply

    My prayers and condolences to the family in your time of sorrow. Remember, earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal. Your mother was loved by all and will be truly missed.

  2. Donna Carlton September 29, 2011 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Passing along my condolences to the Lindsay family, having been friends with Greg for years and living in Rondout Gardens for years, I knew the family well. Just wanted to say you are all in my thoughts.

  3. Stephanie Harden-Smith Raleigh, NC September 29, 2011 at 12:00 am - Reply

    To the Family:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Mother Ella played a intricate part of my growing up at Riverview Baptist Church, Miller Jr High and our neighborhood, as she did with many. She made each and every person she met feel special. I will truly miss her and her loving spirit. She will live on in all our hearts forever.

  4. Kenyetta Booker September 29, 2011 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Mother Ella will be greatly missed. She will always be in my heart and memory. To the family: don’t look at this as a loss look at it as a gain. Mother Ella has gone home to be with her father and to reunite with all her loved ones. Hopefully one day we will all see her again. God bless her compassionate soul and heart. I love you mother Ella

  5. Jami Landerway and Archie McMillian September 30, 2011 at 12:00 am - Reply

    To the family, May God keep you and comfort you during this time of mourning. She was a GREAT WOMAN and will be truly missed. Prayers and blessings.

  6. Malissa Obame September 30, 2011 at 12:00 am - Reply

    To the Family: My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  7. The Thomason Family September 30, 2011 at 12:00 am - Reply

    She has put on invisibility.
    Dear Lord, I cannot see–
    But this I know, although the road ascends
    And passes from my sight,
    That there will be no night;
    That You will take her gently by the hand
    And lead her on
    Along the road of life that never ends,
    And she will find it is not death but dawn.
    I do not doubt that You are there as here,
    And you will hold her dear.

    Our life did not begin with birth,
    It is not of the earth;
    And this that we call death, it is no more
    Than the opening and closing of a door
    And in Your house how many rooms must be
    Beyond this one where we rest momentarily.

    Dear Lord, I thank You for the faith that frees,
    The love that knows it cannot lose its own;
    The love that, looking through the shadows, sees
    That You and she are ever one!
    — James Dillet Freeman

  8. The Addison Ingram Family September 30, 2011 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Nothing is sweeter than a mother’s love! May the memories of your time with your mom sustain you in the hours of sadness that you may experience. We celebrate those memories with you and ask God’s continued Blessings upon you and the family.

  9. Lee Clark and Family - NC September 30, 2011 at 12:00 am - Reply

    My condolences to the entire Lindsay family. I pray God will comfort each of you during this time and forever more. May the peace of God that surpasses all understanding be with you all.

  10. Deacon Erroll And Rev. Phyllis T Royal September 30, 2011 at 12:00 am - Reply

    To Deacon Lindsay and Family,
    Words cannot adequately express the pain of loosing a mother. However, Phyllis and I do understand because we have both experienced the same loss. May you and your family find comfort in knowing that GOD will be with you today, and during the difficult days ahead. We know that our loss is heaven’s gain. Mother Ella fought a good fight and she has gone on to be with the Lord. For Jesus said in HIS word that He would never leave, nor forsake us. Be encouraged today!

  11. James & Brigit Carter, Hillsborough, NC September 30, 2011 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Our sincere and heartfelt condolences to the Lindsay family. We pray you God’s continuous strength and comfort during your bereavement. ‘Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.’ Mt.5:3

  12. Emma L. Barnes Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 September 30, 2011 at 12:00 am - Reply

    With deepest sympathy. May God continue to bless and keep you in his loving care.

  13. M. Richard and Lena Lockamy - Raleigh, N.C. September 30, 2011 at 12:00 am - Reply

    My dear Brother, Deacon Ronnie Lindsay, and Family. My heart goes out to you, and I am sorry I can not be with you as you were with me during the lost of my mother.
    Right now, when your loss is so fresh, it may be difficult for you to imagine that this pain will ever go away. But in time, the blessing of God’s unfailing grace will soften the hurt that you’re feeling and bring your heart peace, comfort, and hope that it needs to heal. We love you and will be praying with and for you.

  14. Rev. Dr. Marvin Connelly, Jr and Family September 30, 2011 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Deacon Ronnie Lindsay and the entire Lindsay Family, our heartfelt condolences are extended to the Lindsay family. Our prayers are lifted up for you as you remember that God said in His word that ‘Blessed is the death of His Saints’ and ‘to be abesent from the body is to be present with the Lord’. Your mother and loved one is present with the Lord. Celebrate Her Life and her transition to be with the Lord. We regret that we cannot be with you for the service but you are in our prayers

  15. Shirley B. Davis September 30, 2011 at 12:00 am - Reply

    To the Lindsay Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time.

  16. Cecelia Washington September 30, 2011 at 12:00 am - Reply

    I SEND CONDOLENCES TO MOTHER LINDSEY’S FAMILY. I HAVE BEEN IN KINGSTON FOR MANY YEARS AND HAVE MET MANY PEOPLE. MOTHER LINDSEY IS ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO I WANTED TO HAVE IN MY LIFE. SHE WAS IN MY CHURCH FAMILY, BUT OUTSIDE OF CHURCH WHENEVER I SAW HER OR TALKED WITH HER, IT ALWAYS LEFT AN IMPRESSION. I HAVE A FONDNESS FOR SENIOR CITIZENS. NEVER DID I SEE MOTHER WITHOUT A SMILE AND A KIND WORD FOR EVERYONE. HER PRESENCE LIT UP A ROOM. HER FAITH AND LOVE OF JESUS WAS SOMETHING SHE SHARED ALONG WITH HER HOME AND HER ASSISTANCE. I AM GLAD THAT I GOT TO KNOW THIS WONDERFUL WOMAN. SHE BECAME A FRIEND TO ME AND SHE WILL ALWAYS HAVE A PART OF MY HEART. I AM GLAD THAT SHE IS NO LONGER SUFFERING AND IN THE MANSION THAT WAS PREPARED FOR HER. CELEBRATE HER LIFE AND ALWAYS CONTINUE TO TRY TO LIVE AS SHE DID.

  17. Dash and Floretta Kelly - Durham, NC September 30, 2011 at 12:00 am - Reply

    To the Lindsay family. Ms. Ella will truly be missed. She played a great part in our lives during my stay in Kingston. Her home was alway open and she had a friendly word for all.
    When I think of Ms. Ella, I think of one of the songs she would sing at Riverview. The words are listed below.

    Shackled by a heavy burden,
    ‘Neath a load of guilt and shame.
    Then the Hand of Jesus touched me,
    And now I am no longer the same.

    Refrain
    He touched me,
    Oh, He touched me,
    And oh the joy that floods my soul.
    Something happened and now I know,
    He touched me and made me whole.

    Just as Jesus touched Ms. Ella, she touched so many lives in a very positive way. Our thoughts and prayer are with the family and we share your sorrow.

  18. KAREN WINCHELL-BROWN September 30, 2011 at 12:00 am - Reply

    My heart and prayers go out to the Lindsey family at this difficult time. Mrs. Ella will be truely missed by all the peoples lives she has touched. God Rest Her Soul.

  19. The Charles Coleman Family October 1, 2011 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Psalm 116:15 ‘Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.’ God knows the sadness and sorrow we feel at the death of our loved ones. However, he rejoices that one of His saints can now experience external rest in His presence.

    We pray for God’s comfort during this difficult time. Know that the Compassionate Family are here to support you.

  20. Marie Reavis & Family October 1, 2011 at 12:00 am - Reply

    I send my condolences & love. May God comfort you during your time of grief!

  21. George and Laura Smith - Cary, NC October 1, 2011 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Mrs. Lindsay was one of the most beautiful persons we’ve ever known. She was a wonderful lady and friend who was very supportive and caring. Her infectious smile and positive attitude will always have a lasting impact on our family. She will truly be missed. Our heartfelt condolences are with the family during this difficult time, and you all will remain in out thoughts and prayers.

  22. Rev.Melody Barksdale October 1, 2011 at 12:00 am - Reply

    To the family and loved ones of of Mother Ella,

    Our Prayers and our thoughts are with u in this difficult time. Just remember that she is in the arms of Jesus and she is in a better place and that one day soon we will all see her again. God Bless you all.

  23. Dianne M. Haynes October 2, 2011 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Dear Ms. Ella,

    It was such a privilege to know you and worship with you at Riverview Missionary Baptist Church. I vividly remember that NOBODY could pray out loud like you. I still have the card you sent to Pat and I when we moved to North Carolina (we missed you too). I used to love dropping by to visit you when you lived across from Riverview; and you always were so welcoming. As you knew, I felt a special bond with you.

    My deepest heartfelt sympathy to the Childs and Lindsay families. God doesn’t seem to make them like ‘Miss Ella’ anymore. May she rest in everylasting peace

    In Sympathy,

    Dianne M. Haynes
    Durham, North Carolina

  24. Carole, Roz and Kreppel Family October 2, 2011 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Ella, you were a very important person in our lives…You will forever live on in our hearts…You inspired us, and admired your courageous and thank you for all your loving concerns and care…Love, Carole & Roz and Kreppel family…

  25. Elnora Faison October 3, 2011 at 12:00 am - Reply

    To the Lindsay family and dear friends of Mother Ella.
    To God be the glory for the faithful life that she lived and the rich legacy that she has now left behind.
    Only those who have put their faith in Christ are prepared to meet their Maker.
    Continue to behold your love one.
    My prayers are with you all

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