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Virginia Paty Ellison

Death came to VIRGINIA PATY ELLISON July 16, 2009. She is survived by her son and his wife, Keith and Kathleen Ellison of Houston, and her daughter, Jeannie, and grandson, Blake, of Salt Lake City. Her husband of 59 years, Jack K. Ellison, preceded her in death on November 19, 2007. The Ellisons moved to Austin in 1987 after Mr. Ellison's retirement, having resided earlier in New Orleans, Denver, and the San Francisco area. Mrs. Ellison was born in Paris Tx. in 1920, the daughter of W.B. and Jean Jackson Paty. She graduated from Paris Junior College and received a bachelor's degree from North Texas State University, where she subsequently taught journalism and served as publicity director before attending the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. In 1945, she received a master of science degree from Columbia and was awarded a Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship. She joined the news staff of the Baltimore Evening Sun and served in the Sunpapers' London Bureau. Following her marriage in 1948, she was a reporter for the New Orleans Times-Picayune and later served as a journalism instructor at Tulane University. During her active years, her interests in Austin included volunteering at the LBJ Presidential Library and membership in AAUW, the English-Speaking Union, Austin Newcomers, and the Austin Woman's Club, as well as book-discussion groups and swim club at Crenshaw's. She was a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church. She moved to Houston in March of 2008 following the death of her husband and resided there with her son and his wife. The family is planning a memorial service at a later date. "Which can say more Than this rich praise That you alone are you."

Published in Houston Chronicle on July 22, 2009
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