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January 03, 2023


Ellen Louvenia “Mu” Owens McKinley

April 12, 1939 - December 30, 2022

Ellen Louvenia “Mu” Owens McKinley was born on April 12, 1939, in Sandy Hook, MS to the late Reverend Moses Ezell Owens, SR and the late Louisa Harry Owens Hart.   She departed this life on December 30, 2022.

Our Mother united with the Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church of Varnado, LA at an early age.  She was blessed with three Spiritual Giants as her pastor during her time here.   She accepted Christ under the leadership of the late Reverend B. B. Moses.   After his death, she continued to grow spiritually and became a faithful member of this church under the leadership of the late Reverend Dr. Alphonso S. Nelson, SR.   After his passing, she continued to grow under the Reverend Dr. Byron C. Muse.  During her time at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church she was an active member of the Usher Board, Sunday School, Sunday worship service, and former President of the Senior Women Mission.  She loved to hear the Word of God especially when her pastor was presenting the Word.   She grew to love the late Reverend Dr. A.S. Nelson and his wife Sister Aline Nelson with a strong genuine love that still exists today with Sister Nelson.  She also loved her current pastor, Dr. Muse and First Lady Deborah Muse with the same true genuine love.   She loved to hear him teach, preach, and sing.  

She gave birth to five children that she reared in a God-fearing home.   She introduced her children to God early in their lives and continued this spiritual legacy by doing the same for her grandchildren.   She is loved by so many and will be missed by many.  

Her memories will continue to live on the hearts and lives of her children; Sheila (Corinthians, SR) Harris, Houston, TX, Sonya Rena Pack & Reverend Lesley D. (Felicia) McKinley both of Angie, LA, Shaliza McKinley of Varnado, LA., Rickey (Michella) Owens of Bogalusa, LA, Levon (Carolyn) Harry, SR of Varnado, LA; Siblings, Moses E. Owens, JR of Dallas, TX, Jethro Owens, Algretta (Russell) Campbell, Cedric Mark, & John Owens, two step-sisters, Dorothy (Alton) Moses of Angie, Ada Hart & Sandra Wharton of Houston, TX, one step-brother Thom Hart of Houston, TX; 21 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, & 2 great great grandchildren; Nieces and Nephews she help raise,  Special Friends, Helen and Lonnie Lewis, Estelle Montgomery, Special Cousins Eddie Merle Bickham, Louise Smith, Bernice Peters, & Charlene Harry, Sister-in-laws, Gladys Harry, Annie (Willie) Bishop, Rosa Lee White, Thelma Harry, & Emma Harry; Brother-in-law, George Ben Newkirk, Aunts, Dorothy Harry, Leatha Alexander, and Maxie Washington; one uncle, Johnnie (Marion) Alexander; Goddaughter Keishon Harry, Denetra Rayford, and Lauryn Smith, & Her Loving Pastor & First Lady, Reverend Dr. Byron (Deborah) Muse, & her Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church Family.

Visitation will be held Friday, January 6, 2023, at the Wesley Ray United Methodist Church of Angie, LA from 9:00 A.M. until 11:00 A.M.  A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 A.M.   The Reverend Terrance August, Pastor, & Reverend Dr. Byron C. Muse, Pastor of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist, Officiating.  

Crain and Sons Funeral Home in Bogalusa are in charge of arrangements. 

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