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 Ellen Laura <I>Lanier</I> Donellan

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Ellen Laura Lanier Donellan

  • Birth 12 Sep 1899 New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA
  • Death 3 Sep 1970 Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, USA
  • Burial Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, USA
  • Plot Sec 9.
  • Memorial ID 8658497

She was a mother of 3 boys and 2 girls.
Her hair was black and when not in a bun
at the top back of her head it hung down
to past the bottom of her rear end. As
she got older it was sprinkled with
gray hair. Her husband, James, would
not let her cut it even though it caused
her to get bad headaches. She also
suffered from asthma. She died at home
due to heart attack. Her father, John
Lanier, died when she was 8 yrs old, and
her mother, Jeannette Lyon Lanier, died
when she was 9 yrs old of tuberculosis.
Ellen was raised by her mother's sister,
Gertrude Lyon and grandfather, Stephen
Lyon until his death, then Gertrude
continued to raise her. It was not a
happy childhood. She met her husband
while she was sitting on the steps of
the Catholic girls school she attended
in New Orleans, LA, where she was born
and raised, and he was passing by and
stopped to talk to her. They later
eloped to Pearl River, MS. On returning
home that night and informing James'
parents of what they had done, James'
mother, Mary McDevitt Donellan, insisted
that they get married in the Catholic
church the next day. They were married
53 yrs. (until the time of her death).
James died 10 yrs and a day, to the
day she died.. It ended up being only
by a matter of hrs. to being the same
day, something he had actually prayed
for every yr after her death, to die
on the same day she did.


Family Members

Gravesite Details shares plot w/James A. Donnellan.

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  • Maintained by: mary stephens brewer
  • Originally Created by: Joel Manuel
  • Added: 20 Apr 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8658497
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ellen Laura Lanier Donellan (12 Sep 1899–3 Sep 1970), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8658497, citing Greenoaks Memorial Park, Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, USA ; Maintained by mary stephens brewer (contributor 46831738) .