Funeral Friday: Mrs. Ella Louise Marshall

A complete transcription of her funeral program is below:

Funeral Services for Mrs. Ella Louise Marshall 1923 - 1969

Funeral Service



Monday, April 7, 1969
11:00 A. M.


“And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, write;
Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth;
yea saith the spirit that they may rest from their labours; and
their works do follow them.” –Rev. 14 – 13.


1915 Lockwood
Houston, Texas


Reverend Thomas F. Freeman, Minister

Reverend Ellis Gordon, Asst., Minister




To die: – To sleep:  no more; and by a sleep to say we end the heartache and the thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to., ’tis a consummation devoutly to be wished.

Loving, kind and understanding, are the words most appropriate to describe Mrs. Ella Louise Marshall. She was born to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Chapple September 18, 1923 in Houston, Texas, and was reared in the fifth-ward section. She was a student of the Atherton Elementary and Phyllis Wheatley Schools. At an early age she united to the Canaan Baptist Church. She later united to the Mt. Horem Baptist Church where she remained for more than twenty years.

In 1942 she united in holy matrimony to Edward Marshall, and to this union were born three children: a daughter, Mrs. Betty Marshall Armstrong, Two sons: Ralph and Reginald Marshall.

While at Mt. Horem, Mrs. Marshall was a member of Naomi Circle and the Mission Chorus., not only was she active in the church, but in her community as well., her good works leave their impact on all who knew her and loved her.

She is survived by her husband: Mr. Edward Marshall, Mother: Mrs. Ethel Chapple; 2 sisters: Mrs. Carrie Taylor and Mrs. Altha Scott; 1 brother Mr. Joseph Chapple Jr., 1 daughter; 2 sons; 1 grandson; 4 Nieces; 10 Nephews; 1 Aunt; 1 Great Aunt; 1 Great Uncle; and a Host of Relatives and Friends.

She will be missed by all who loved her.

Order of Service


Order of Service

*Body will rest in state 9 – 11 A. M.










Combined Choirs                                       “We’ve Come A Long Way”




Directing: Ross Mortuary

IntermentMemorial Gardens Cemetery


Back Cover



Lee Fuller
James Young
Alvin Steele
Marion Smith
Columbus Hartwell
Willie D. Williams


Lillie Gordon
Irene Dixon
Maudry Walker
Allene Steele
Thomas Scott
Loresa Parson
Freddie Randolph
Charlene Flourony
Melvina Foster
Shirley Bonton



The Family wishes to express their deep appreciation for the many flowers, telegrams, calls and expressions of love kindly shown to them at this time. May God Bless You and Keep You.


[Smalley – 227-2639]



Wordless Wednesday: Ella Louise Chapple Marshall (1923 -1969)

Breast Cancer Awareness MonthWell, almost wordless . . .  October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and this month I wear pink in honor of my aunt — Ella Louise Chapple Marshall!

Aunt Ella Louise Chapple Marshall

Ella Louise Chapple Marshall

Even though I was a young child when my Aunt Louise died (I was 9 years old), what I remember most about her was her joy and contagious laughter! She could truly light up a room and she had a sense of humor that literally kept people laughing. Family and friends felt at ease with her and genuinely loved being around her. She was a true gem!

Liv turns 3!

To help me celebrate my 3rd birthday, my beautiful aunt was right there! In this photo she’s holding on to my cousin Reginald Marshall. Standing next to her is (from l. to r.) Annie Ray Gilbert (friend), my cousin Ralph Marshall, mom who is helping me cut the cake, and Mary Gilbert (Annie Ray’s sister and friend).

I love this photo and will cherish it for as long as I live because it is the last photo of  my aunt that we have in our collection taken a few years  before she passed away, 2 April 1969, from breast cancer. You can read more about her burial at FindAGrave.

If you have my beloved aunt, Ella Louise (Chapple) Marshall, from Houston, Harris County, Texas (who also lived a few years in Pecos, Reeves County, Texas too) in your family research, let me hear from you because . . . I’m claiming kin!


Wordless Wednesday: The Chapple Girls

Well, almost wordless . . .

My Mom and her beloved sisters!

Ella Louise

Wheatley WildcatPhyllis Wheatley High School, Houston, TX
Wheatley Wildcat Graduate –  Class of 1941



Wheatley WildcatPhyllis Wheatley High School, Houston, TX
Wheatley Wildcat Graduate –  Class of 1944


Mom - Carrie

My Mom – Carrie

Wheatley WildcatPhyllis Wheatley High School, Houston, TX
Wheatley Wildcat Graduate –  Class of 1947


My aunt Ella Louise passed away on April 2, 1969 and my aunt Estella passed away before I was born on August 30, 1954. You can read more about them by clicking on their photos above or stopping by the Chapple Family Virtual Cemetery at FindAGrave.  As for mom, she’s in her eighties and doing well. We are very blessed to still have her in our lives today.

If you have any of these Chapple girls from the Houston, Harris County, Texas area in your family tree, let me hear from you because –  I’m Claiming Kin!

Surname Saturday: Chapple

It’s Surname Saturday and this series is intended to give genealogy bloggers a chance to discuss a family surname by giving details about its origin, its geographical location(s), and how it fits into their family research.


According to, the meaning of Chappel/Chapple is,

English: variant spelling of Chappell. French: from a diminutive of Old French chape ‘hooded cloak’, ‘cape’, ‘hood’, or ‘hat’ (from Late Latin cappa, capa), hence a metonymic occupational name for a maker of cloaks or hats, or a nickname for a habitual wearer of a distinctive cloak or hat.”Even though the surname may suggest that Chapels may have been makers of cloaks or hats, I believe ‘my’ ancestors were more of what the nickname suggest — habitual wearers of cloaks or hats — because majority of the Chapel immigrants who were living in the United States during the 1880’s, and my ancestors in particular, were farmers.


One of the challenges I’ve had with my maternal family research has been with the various spelling of the surname (Chapple, Chappell, Chappel, Chapel) in birth, census, death, marriage, and social security records. But what I have observed is that the variations in the spelling actually occurred with my ancestors around the the turn of the 20th century. They seem to prefer to spell the surname with an “e” at the end, instead of with the 2 (l’s) or 1 (l) as so many of my ancestors’ did prior to the 20th century.


In the 1840’s, majority of the Chapels that were living in the United States (25% – 47%) were located in New York and Connecticut. But by the 1920’s, the largest number of Chapels (27% – 51%) were located in the states of Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Texas. So when exactly did my Chapple ancestors arrive in Texas? I have no idea – LOL! Finding out how and when “my” Chappel ancestors arrived in Texas will be my main focus this summer. So stay tuned . . . there’s more fact-finding and information to come!


  1. Me

  2. John Taylor (1927-2010)

  3. Carrie Chapple Taylor (1928-2019)

  4. Willie Taylor (1909-1985)

  5. Louise Newsome (1909-1975)
    6. Jopseh Chapple, born 2 June 1902 in Eagle Lake, Colorado, Texas, USA; died 23 August 1966 in Houston, Harris, Texas, USA. He is the son of #12 – Louis Chappel and #13 – Carrie Blanton. He married Estella Smith on 23 May 1921; then he married Ethel Abram Thompson on 19 Jan 1939.

7. Estella Smith, born about 1903 in Houston, Harris, Texas, USA; died 3 Jul 1930 in Houston, Harris, Texas, USA. She is the daughter of #14 – Richard Snith and #15 – Mary Joyce White.

Children of Joseph & Estella Smith Chapple are:
Dorthey J Chapple – b. Sep. 10, 1921 d. Nov. 13, 1921
Ella Louise Chapple Marshall – b. Sep. 18, 1923 d. Apr. 2, 1969
Joseph Lee Chapple – b. Dec. 26, 1924 d. Jul. 5, 1994
Estella Chapple Thomas – b. Aug. 24, 1926 d. Aug. 30, 1954
Josephine “Josie” Chapple – b. Jan. 11, 1927 d. Apr. 24, 1928
Living Chapple
Richard Mary Chapple – b. May 9, 1930 d. Jun. 3, 1930
Child of Estella Smith Chapple is:
Altha Mae Banks Sheffield Scott – b. Dec. 27, 1919 d. Sep. 5, 1987

  1. Luke Taylor (1885-????)
  2. Birdie Green (1889-1977)

  3. Henry Newsom (1869-1952)

  4. Olivia Moten (1891-1967)

  5. Charles Lewis Chappel (1883-1952)

  6. Carrie Blanton (1883-1944)

  7. Richard Smith (1865-1925)

  8. Mary Joyce White (1868-1920)

Are any of my pedigree ancestors in your family tree? Yes?! Then, let me hear from you because . . .
I’m claiming kin!

Source Citation:

  1. Ancestry. (n.d.). Chappell Family History. Retrieved June 2, 2012, from

Tombstone Tuesday: Chapple Family Virtual Cemetery

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Chapple Family Virtual Cemetery
A Virtual Cemetery created by Liv
Description: The Chapple Family virtual cemetery was established Memorial Day weekend, May 26-28, 2012, to link the interments of collateral & lineal family members and their ancestors. Majority, if not all, of these family members are native Texans!

Chapple, Lewis Blanton – b. Oct. 19, 1910 d. Dec. 8, 1910

Chappell, Carrie Blanton – b. Feb. 28, 1883 d. Dec. 16, 1944

Chappell, Dorothey J – b. Sep. 10, 1921 d. Nov. 13, 1921

Chapple, Estella Smith – b. 1903 d. Jul. 3, 1930

Chapple, Joseph – b. Jun. 2, 1902 d. Aug. 23, 1966

Chapple, Joseph Lee – b. Dec. 26, 1924 d. Jul. 5, 1994

Chapple, Josephine E, “Josie” – b. Jan. 11, 1927 d. Apr. 24, 1928

Chapple, Richard Mary – b. May 9, 1930 d. Jun. 3, 1930

Marshall, Ella Louise Chapple – b. Sep. 18, 1923 d. Apr. 2, 1969

Thomas, Estella Chapple – b. Aug. 24, 1926 d. Aug. 30, 1954

Chapple, Ethel Abram – b. Mar 28, 1902 d. Aug. 28, 1983