Ellen Hattie Leak, oldest daughter to the late Geneva Bennett and Isaac Stradford, was born on July 13, 1939 and passed away on December 2, 2017. She was preceded in death also by her husband, James Leak, her son, Odell Hines, Jr., her great-granddaughter, Rashanna Brown, her brothers, Robert Boyd and Isaac Stradford, Jr., and her brother-in-law, Ingram Jenkins.

Ellen was born in Camden, SC and moved to New York at an early age where she graduated from Washington Irving High School. She later became an LPN for the State of New Jersey and worked for Somerset Medical Center where she retired after thirty-three years of service.
Ellen is known to family and friends as a proud woman with a strong work ethic. Her personality and generous words of wisdom always resonated with those she came in contact.

She leaves to cherish her precious memories, her loving daughter, Medeas Smith (Ashley); two sisters, Mamie Crews (Edward) and Della Jenkins; a brother, Bluff Boyd, Jr.; a granddaughter, Tashera; a grandson, Raleek; and a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives and friends.

Funeral service at 1:00 pm Thursday December 7, 2017 at the C.A. Haywood, Sr. Memorial Chapel preceded by a 12:30 PM visitation.

Viewing from 2:00 - 8:00 PM Wednesday December 6, 2017 at Haywood Funeral Home.