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Ellen C. Raven White

1940 - 2021



Our beloved Ellen Corine Raven White (AKA “Bobbie”) was born October 22, 1940 to the late Robert Raven and Eula Sneed Raven, the third eldest of eight siblings.


Ellen graduated from H. B. Pemberton High School in 1958 where she was a member of the girls’ basketball team and other clubs. She matriculated at Wiley College, earning a Bachelor of Education degree in 1961 and a Master’s degree in Reading from the University of Wisconsin.


Ellen started her teaching career in Kansas City, Missouri and later San Bernardino, California. She was employed by Milwaukee Public Schools as a Reading Specialist for 33 years, retiring in June 2006.


Ellen was a member of Solomon Community Temple United Methodist Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After returning to Marshall in 2013 she reunited with her home church, Miles Memorial C. M. E.


She enjoyed bowling, adult coloring, working out at the gym, power walking and outings at the casino. She was a member of the Silver Sneakers Club. She also loved line dancing.


She entered into the hands of the Lord peacefully on July 14, 2021. Ellen was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Raven and Eula Sneed Raven; husband, Leonard White; son, Gerald White; and brothers, Robert Raven, Jr. and Ula C. Raven.


She leaves to cherish her memory: four sisters, Nelwyn (Willie) Ratcliff of Longview, Texas, Gwendolyn (Charles) Williams of Marshall, Texas, Helen (Carlton) Fisher of Marshall, Texas, and Wanda Raven of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; one brother, Melvin Raven of San Jose, California; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, other relatives and friends.


Memorial Service for Ellen Raven White will be held on Thursday, July 22, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Miles Memorial C. M. E. located at 704 Francis Street in Marshall, Texas.  


Entombment will be held at Wisconsin Memorial Park located at 13235 W. Capitol Drive in Brookfield, Wisconsin 53005.


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Mel Raven

July 22, 2021 11:05 AM

Warm memories and smiles of my sister during her many visits to California and our many road trips. I visited her many times when she was in San Bernardino where we shared many laughs. Always a joy when I was with her. Missing you. Forever in my heart. Love you sis. Your bro, Mel Raven

Melvin Raven

July 22, 2021 9:54 AM

Warm thoughts and smiling thinking of my sister visits to our home in California and our road travels from Texas to Cali and when she was teaching in San Bernardino. Praying for the family as she is being laid to rest. A candle lit in your honor. Forever in our hearts.
Love Your brother,
Melvin Raven

Mary Alice Baker

July 22, 2021 9:48 AM

My Sincere Sympathy to the family of  my dear friend Ellen Raven White.
Mary Alice Reeves Baker 

Janine Raven

July 22, 2021 9:30 AM

In Honor of our Auntie Bobbie. I am planting a tree for a lifelong memory of her which I will cherish. Praying for the family strength during this challenging time.
Janine Raven

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Janine Raven

July 21, 2021 11:30 PM

Will miss you Auntie.

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