Ella Mae Pittman Mills
Ella Mae Pittman Mills, 100, passed away at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital on Sunday, November 17, 2013 three days after her birthday.She was born on November 14, 1913 in Marianna, Florida to Professor Enoch and Rosa Lee Bell Pittman. She was the eighth child of eleven children; all of whom preceded her in death except one sister, Mrs. Roberta Pittman Stephens of Quincy, Florida. She graduated from Stevens High in Quincy, Florida and married Timothy Joseph Cole of Quincy.To that union, one daughter, Barbara Carolyn Cole, was born.
Ella moved to Jacksonville, Florida where she lived for 21 years before relocating to Tallahassee where she was united in holy matrimony in 1963 to Irving Mills, Sr. who preceded her in death.
Ella was a member of Fountain Chapel AME Church for over 50 years and served as president of the senior choir, president of the Willing Workers Board, class leader, member of Stewardess Board #2 and the Hattie M. Sykes Women's Missionary Society.Her greatest honor was being ordained as a deaconess in 2005 by Bishop McKinley Young. She loved her church and rarely missed attending except when her health began to fail.
Ella loved children which led to her spending many years working in the child care area. She was employed for sixteen years at the child care center of Killearn United Methodist Church where she became supervisor and nine years at the Education Child Care Center.She was also a member of the Leon County Association of Children Under Six (LCAUS).
Funeral services for Ella will be held on Friday, November 29 at 11:00 a.m. at Fountain Chapel AME Church, 821 Eugenia Street, Tallahassee, FL 32310. Interment will take place at Sunnyvale Cemetery in Quincy, Florida.
Ella leaves to cherish her memory: One daughter, Barbara Carolyn Cole Black; Four grandchildren: Dr. Joy Black Freamon (Robert) of Middletown, NY, Jan Black Hairston (Dave) of Willoughby Hills, OH, Jonathan Black (Tina) of Harriman, NY and Dr. Jason Black (April) of Tallahassee, FL; Six great grandchildren: Justin and Jessica Freamon, Jamil Hariston, Jazmin Black, Jada and Joshua Black; One sister, Mrs. Roberta Pittman Stephens of Quincy, FL, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Published in Tallahassee Democrat from Nov. 27 to Nov. 28, 2013
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