Ella M. Ames

December 20, 1944 ~ March 29, 2020 (age 75)



                                                     I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.

                                                                                              2 Timothy 4:7


Ella  (Shields) Ames, the second oldest of nine children of Charity Shields and the late Preston L. Shields Sr., was born on

December 20, 1944 in Halifax, North Carolina. On Sunday, March 29, 2020 at Season’s Hospice & Palliative Care after a lengthy illness, Ella was call to come

“Rest In The Savior’s Loving Arms.”                                                                   

She was educated in the Baltimore City School System. She continued to pursue her first passion in helping others in the Health Care field.

 She loved doing Home Health Care, (Private Duty)  she cared for the young and elderly.  She also cared for her husband at home and in the VA Hospital

until his death.


At an early age, Ella, grew up attending the New Light Baptist Church,  with her mother and siblings where she taught children’s Sunday School, ( Card Class) , she was

also an Usher, a job well done, the Late Rev. Witherspoon, her pastor would say.       


During her younger years of course, Ella enjoyed entertaining the children in the neighborhood, they would ask her to come out with her large bottle of bubbles with that small

 blower inside, blowing the largest bubbles than anyone in the neighborhood. Ella loved her westerns, and Murder, She Wrote. she loved music, her favorite gospel song was

Before your life is too far gone. She also loved old school music, her favorite R&B group The Spindles, they are family, two were her blood (brothers), She loved to hear them sing,

but most of all she enjoyed their steps, she had a favorite dance, the (Camel Walk) and she could do that dance like nobodies business and enjoyed it.   She loved to clean and cook

for anyone, you could always get a meal from Ella, sometimes she would have (Orders to Go).she prepared, and helped with the cooking of dinners for the Church under the

leadership of Rev. Clark.  Ella loved to Crochet, she made so many blankets just to give away.


During her lengthy illness, Ella confirmed her personal relationship with the Lord, and would pray with her visitors when they visited with her.


She leaves to mourn her only child, Edward McKoy, four grandchildren, Shantil, Chamira, Tia and Ashley, three Great grandchildren, Kendell, Marco and Jaylen

Mother, Mrs. Charity Shields, one brother, Joe Shields (Mary) five Sisters, Lizzie Shields, Virginia Wilkes, Florence Simms(Jerry) ,Diane Burton (William),  Brenda Freeman (Mike).

 Husband, Alexander Ames, Father, Preston L. Shields Sr., brothers, Preston L. Shields Jr. and Raymond Shields preceded her in death.

She also leaves aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family, and friends.

                                                    The family would like to thank SEASON’ HOSPICE CARE for caring for Ella, giving her the care she gave to others.







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April 15, 2020

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Brooks Clinton Funeral Service, P.A.
2228 W North Ave
Baltimore, MD 21216

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