A Turtle’s Tribute:
Patrick Kent Ellender
from: The Southwest Daily News,
Sulphur, LA, May 4, 2008
Patrick Kent Ellender, 42, died Tuesday, April 29, 2008, in a Dallas, Texas, hospital. He was a native of Sulphur and had lived in Dallas, Texas, for
almost 20 years. He worked as a massage therapist. He had been involved in a choir in the Dallas area called The Positive Voices.
Patrick loved nature and thoroughly enjoyed planting flowers and trees and just being outdoors.
Survivors include his partner, Bill Mantz of Dallas, Texas; his parents, Milford and Glenda Ellender of Sulphur; two brothers, Steve Ellender and wife Ramona and Mark Ellender and wife Andrea, all of Carlyss; and three sisters, Lisa Johnson of Grand Lake, Cherie Manard and husband Rodney
of Sulphur, and Melissa Ellender of Grand Lake. He was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Gary Johnson.
His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 4, in Hixson-Sulphur Memorial Funeral Home. Deacon Johnny Mounce will officiate. Visitation is 5-9 p.m. today and from 8:30 a.m. Sunday.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the Alex Sanger Elementary School Garden, 8410 San Leandro Drive, Dallas, TX 75218.
PATRICK ELLENDER REMEMBERED IN CANDLE LIGHT MEMORIAL HELD YESTERDAY AT SUNSET
by Samuel Geer
Dallas, Texas, June 7, 2008
Dallas resident Patrick Kent Ellender was remembered last night as a devoted friend, loving family man and constant gardener in a candle light memorial held at his home on St. Francis Ave.
The tribute was held in his backyard gardens, lit with dozens of candles and tea lights dotted among cannas, saga palms, ferns and hostas. The day would have been Mr. Ellender’s 43rd birthday. Mr. Ellender died unexpectedly April 29, 2008 at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas after a brief illness. His funeral was held May 4, 2008 at Hixson-Sulphur Memorial Funeral Home chapel in his hometown of Sulphur, Louisiana. Deacon Johnny Mounce officiated. Pallbearers were Jacob Manard, Randy Belshe, Alan Brown, Mike Jarzombeck, James Hansen, Chuck Roundtree, Mark Ellender and Rodney Manard. His body was cremated and his platinum urn was surrounded with candles, white roses and purple chrysanthemums for the sunset memorial.
Mr. Ellender, born June 6, 1965, was a descendant of pioneer Louisiana families that included John Jacob Ryan, his 4th great-grandfather, known as the Father of Calcasieu Parish. John’s father, Daniel Ryan, was a member of the Georgia Provincial Congress. His grandparents were Mr. and Mrs. Robert Donald (Mary Koonce) Ellender and Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Joseph (Irene Smith) Sonnier, Sr., all of Sulphur. Mr. Ellender graduated from Sulphur High School before joining the U.S. Navy Reserves and later attended the University of Louisiana – Lafayette, where he was a member of the Ragin Cajun cheerleading squad.
He graduated from LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas and had worked the last few years as a massage therapist. He previously worked for Republic Mail Services and as office manager at the Dallas Gay and Lesbian Alliance.
Mr. Ellender had made Dallas his home for nearly two decades and was active in many community organizations, including the Dallas Independent Volleyball Association and the Cathedral of Hope where he was a member of the Positive Voices chorus.
In keeping with his Cajun roots, the evening menu supervised by his friends Randy Belshe and Tony Lemaire of Sulphur and Frank Walden of San Antonio, TX, included Crawfish Etouffee, Boudin and rice, pepper jelly and cream cheese along with his favorite Chic-fil-a nuggets and an Italian Cream birthday cake.
Mr. Ellender was preceded in death by his grandparents, a brother-in-law, Gary L. Johnson, and his niece, Julie Jan Johnson. He is survived by his partner, Bill Mantz of Dallas; his parents, Milford and Glenda
Sonnier Ellender of Sulphur; two brothers, Steve Ellender and wife, Ramona Bacque,and Mark Ellender and wife, Andrea Abshire, all of Carlyss, La.; three sisters, Lisa Ellender Johnson and Melissa Ellender, both of Grand Lake, La., and Cherie Ellender Manard and husband, Rodney Manard of Sulphur; eight nieces and nephews: Joshua Johnson and wife
Amanda Fontenont, Jacob Manard, Monica Manard, Allie Thibodeaux, McKenzie Moss, Luke Ellender, Tasha Ellender McMillen and husband Joey, and Shelly Ellender; two great-nieces: Rolyn Johnson and Claire McMillen; and a great-nephew Drake Johnson; extended family Mr. and Mrs. Gerald (Jeanette Bacque) Hansen of Sulphur, James B. Hansen of Houston, TX
and Tammy Doucet of Carlyss; longtime friends Randy Belshe of Sulphur, Chuck Roundtree of Houston, Michael Jarzombek of San Antonio, Sam Geer of Atlanta, GA, Hunt Palmquist and Casey Puckett both of
Ending the evening tribute, his friends sang “Happy Birthday” and each departed with a glass framed picture of Mr. Ellender along with a bag of his favorite canna lilie bulbs.
Memorials may be made to the Alex Sanger Elementary School Garden, 8410 San Leandro Dr, Dallas, Texas 75218.