Ella Faye Shaw was born on April 10, 1935 to Jesse Phillip Shaw and Minnie Lee Washington in Austin, Texas. Ella was the eldest and only girl born of six children.
Ella accepted Christ at an early age and continued her service at New Birth by Faith Christian Center in Austin, Texas. Ella served as the "Mother of the Church" and was called by everyone of the church "Mother Ella".
Ella played basketball and drove a diesel truck with her father while attending Anderson High School. she attended Williams Beauty College and completed Cosmetology. Ella served in this career for many years at Marshall's Beauty Shop on E. 12th Street. Ella found a love for cooking and served as a pastry cook at Ella's Cafe. Ella moved to Dallas and served as Supervisor of Dietary at Forest Avenue Hospital, the First Black Owned hospital in Dallas, Texas. Ella entered and won many chili cook offs in several events. Ella made her dream a reality of owning her own restaurant, "Nanny's Home Cooked Food" located at 1815 Rosewood Avenue of Austin, Texas. It was a success and was recognized in the Austin American Statesman.
"Nanny" and "Ma Dear" as the grandkids would call her, was a very strong person. she shared her very loving, giving and gentle spirit with many. Nanny would try to help you in anyway she could. she always would say "Thank You" and would always offer to you before she would give herself.
Ella was united in marriage to Everett Louis Brown and was blessed with three daughters, Linda J. Coleman, Claudia F. Jones, and Jessie M. Perkins.
Ella was preceded in death by her parents Jesse and Minnie Shaw; three brothers, Joe a. Shaw, Howard L. Shaw, Frank O. Shaw, all of Austin, Texas; sons-in-law Lenno Coleman and Larry Jones.
Ella is survived by two brothers, Jesse Shaw (Marva) of Greenville, Texas and John Shaw (Johnnie Mae); three daughters Linda Coleman (Lenno), Claudia Jones (Larry) and Jessie Perkins (Anthony); and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.