Anna Pearl McCoy Ellington was born on August 11, 1936 in Cincinnati, Ohio to L. Mary McCoy and Willie M. McCoy. She was the fifth of six children born to Mary and Willie, all of whom preceded her in death: Linette, Willa Mae, Alfred, Paralee and Herbert McCoy.
Mother Pearl attended Gilford Elementary, Oiler Jr. High and graduated from Old Woodward High School in 1955. She went to The Christ Hospital School of Nursing and became an LPN. She worked as an LPN at the Jewish Hospital for many years. Mother Pearl also worked at East Galbraith Nursing Home and Daly Park Nursing Home. She met Johnny L. Ellington in 1957. They became husband and wife, September 20, 1958. They have five children: Beverly Jackson (Marcus), Karen, Dwight (Duana), Mark (Jocelyn) and Gary (Keisha). They lived, grew and shared their lives together for 61 years.
Pearl was a life-long member of Southern Baptist Church. She accepted Christ at an early age and began her work in ministry. She began singing in the Children’s Choir, grew to the Inspirational Choir, Celestial Choir and Senior Choir. She loved her Church Choir. She completed the Training for Service course and began teaching Sunday School to first grade children until her health failed her. She loved her babies and delighted in teaching them God’s word. She became a Deaconess under Pastor Milton and began serving in that ministry role. She enjoyed working with and encouraging women in the church. She was placed on the Mother’s Board under Pastor Baines. She served until her health would no longer allow her to serve.
Mother Pearl loved her family dearly. She raised and taught her family to understand Family is Everything.
She leaves to cherish her memory: her devoted husband, Johnny; her five children and nine grandchildren, Alex, Lechelle, Marcus, Kendra, Elijah, Mariah, Diamond, Micah and Aurianna. She also leaves a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.
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