Ellen Ackermann Obituary
Ellen Mary Ackermann, née Tabary, aged 90, departed this world for the next on September 9, 2023, in her Houston, Texas home, embraced by the love of her family. She was welcomed into her eternal rest by those who preceded her in death: her husband of 68 years, Francis Alvin Ackermann; her parents, Paul August Tabary and Lythia Ellen O’Brien; and her brother, Paul August Tabary Jr.
Left to honor Ellen’s remarkable life are her five children—Pattie (Leda) Ackermann, Lori Ackermann Powell, Judy (Troy) Fischer, Brad (Roseanne) Ackermann, and Barbara Ackermann. Ellen’s legacy also extends to her numerous cherished grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and a godchild who will forever treasure her memory.
Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, in the lower Ninth Ward, Ellen’s journey started at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church and continued through her high school years at Nichols High School. Fate led her to Francis Alvin Ackermann on a blind date, and thus began a beautiful, life-long partnership. Together, they laid the foundations of a warm home in River Ridge, Louisiana, and actively contributed to the community through their involvement in St. Matthew the Apostle Catholic Church.
Beginning her working life at just 14, Ellen discovered her love for chocolate while serving as a ‘Soda Jerk’ at Wilson’s Drug Store. Her career took her from Marks Isaacs Department Store to The Ford Motor Company, where she enjoyed the perk of driving a lavender Thunderbird convertible—her absolute favorite color and car. When Francis’ work led the family to Houston, Ellen shifted her focus to being a stay-at-home mom while also engaging in marketing research. Her dedication saw her climb the ranks at Memorial City General Hospital, from a weeknight PBX Operator to Director of Volunteers, where she nurtured an award-winning team of both adult and junior volunteers.
In her leisure time, Ellen exhibited her devotion to her family as an enthusiastic chaperone for the Lightfoot Brigade Drum and Baton group. She was also an exceptional calligrapher, whose hand-crafted wedding invitations, awards, and certificates were works of art. She even crafted place cards for two prestigious White House dinners.
Upon her retirement in 1997, Ellen and Francis embraced the joys of travel and attended numerous model railroad conventions throughout the US and Canada. They were also present to celebrate their son’s Naval Boot Camp graduation in San Diego, California.
In their years together, Francis loved nothing more than to have Ellen beside him as he drove. Now united in Heaven, they continue their journey, side by side once more.
Ellen Mary Ackermann will be remembered as a woman of incredible grace, resilience, and unwavering love. Her legacy is not just in the roles she filled, but in the countless hearts she touched.
Who is Ellen Ackermann?
Ellen Mary Ackermann was a 90-year-old woman who passed away peacefully at her home in Houston, Texas, on September 9, 2023. She was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and was the daughter of Paul August Tabary and Lythia Ellen O’Brien. Ellen was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Francis Alvin Ackermann, as well as her parents and her brother, Paul August Tabary Jr.
Ellen was a devoted mother to her five children: Pattie, Lori, Judy, Brad, and Barbara. She was also a cherished grandmother, great-grandmother, and godmother. She attended Nichols High School in New Orleans and began working at a young age, eventually having a career that ranged from being a ‘Soda Jerk’ to the Director of Volunteers at Memorial City General Hospital in Houston.
Throughout her life, Ellen was deeply involved in her community, including active participation in her church. In her free time, she was an exceptional calligrapher and was known for her involvement in various activities, including being a chaperone for a drum and baton group.
Ellen and her late husband Francis were avid travelers, especially after her retirement, and they attended numerous model railroad conventions together. With Francis’ passing, they are now said to be reunited in Heaven, continuing their eternal journey side by side.