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Ellen Deshell Long, 33, a resident and native of Morgan City, LA., passed away on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 2:40 PM at her residence.
Visitation will be observed Friday, October 5, 2018 at the Lee Chapel AME Church 609 Feret Street Morgan City, LA from 11:00 AM until funeral services at 2:00 PM, with Reverend Andrew Sims, Sr., officiating. Burial will follow funeral services in the Morgan City Cemetery.
Ellen Deshell Long was born on March 10, 1985 to Carolyn B. Long and the late Reginald Long, Sr. in Morgan City. She gained her heavenly wings, on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 while at her home in Morgan City. Ellen was often referred to as Deshell, but by all accounts, she was affectionately known as "Black Beauty" to her beloved family. Ellen was a sweet, humble spirit person and had a deep devotion for her family. She was especially fond of her seven nieces and nephews, Kyree, Brionna, Alysia, Cortney Marie, Jace, Reagan and Aspen; her baby brother, DeAndre; her cherished dog, Jake, and the cat, Ava.
Ellen briefly resided in Houston, Texas but returned to her hometown in mid-2018. Ellen was a God-fearing individual attending the Lee Chapel AME Church, under the leadership of Reverend Andrew Simms. Her favorite biblical scripture was Philippians 4:13; “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Ellen graduated from Morgan City High School in the spring of 2003. However, her transition in life would become more challenging. Ellen battled with illnesses most of her adult life, but remained vigilant and resilient in her fight to overcome those obstacles. She was a shining example of perseverance and strong will. In 2007, Ellen obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Southern University at Baton Rouge and, in 2016, she obtained a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of New Orleans.
Ellen was the only biological daughter born to Carolyn and Reginald, but, it’s safe to say in a house full of men and one doting mother, Ellen was the boss! To her brothers, Reginald, Courtney, Shawn and DeAndre, she wore numerous hats. She wasn’t afraid to challenge their familial disputes and would play her role as referee. Her degrees? They were well deserving, and she earned back every bit of her college tuition between the four of them. She served as a skilled and crafted counselor on many occasions. When mistakes were made or furniture needed moving, she was the mother-figure yelling out commands in her wispy yet shrill voice all while sitting on the bed watching the latest reality TV show. When you needed support and a shoulder to cry on, she was your confidant. She was indeed the centerpiece that kept the Long residence in tip-top shape.
Ellen was equally adored by her family and friends. She had a distinctive, unique bond with her aunts and cousins; each capturing their own unique fond memory of her. She kept a very small tight group of special friends, some of whom live in St. Mary Parish, Houston, New Orleans and Baton Rouge. In her spare time, Ellen volunteered with Hoodstock, a grassroots community movement. She loved laughing, joking, poetry, music and fashion. In case you didn’t know, she had an arsenal of selfie photos stored in her cell phone, but, above all, she loved God, her family, her friends and her community.
She is survived by and many wonderful memories will remain in the hearts of her mother, Carolyn Long; her brothers, Reginald Jr. “Moon”, Courtney “Choppy”, Shawn “Shawn Mikey”, DeAndre “Phil;” one assumed, loving big sister, Annie “Teecy” Brown-Wilson (Richard Sr.) and a host of uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her father, Reginald Long, Sr.; her maternal grandparents, Eddie Lee and Roberta J. Brown; her paternal grandparents Arthur Sr. and Violet Long; three beloved uncles, Hilton Hebert II, Eddie Brown Jr., and Charles I. Brown; two adored aunts, Lydia Marie Vernon and Gwendolyn Brown and a cherished godmother, Edwina Jones.