Ellen Jane Douglas Jones Ginn
November 5, 1878 – March 12, 1982
Marital Status: Married
Place of Birth: Nashville, Tennessee
Parents: John Griffith Jones of Wales and Fannie Eugenie Bowers Jones of Nashville, Tennessee
Spouse: Max Medison Ginn (Maxie)
Admitted to The Old Woman’s Home November 21, 1970
Resided in The Old Woman’s Home at 2811 West End Avenue
Burial Site: Mount Olivet Cemetery in Nashville, Tennessee
Extended Family: John G. Turner of San Clemente, California and Richard Douglas Turner of Nashville, Tennessee
Mrs. Ginn lived her entire life in Nashville, Tennessee. Her father was a stonemason who helped build the Capitol and the Ryman Auditorium. Mr. and Mrs. Ginn were married in 1903. Mr. Ginn passed away on October 9, 1928. The couple had no children.
Mrs. Ginn was educated in Nashville Public Schools, Boscobel College and the Nashville Conservatory of Music. As a child she was a member of Third Baptist Church, later she was a member of Judson Memorial Baptist Church and finally a member of Belmont Heights Baptist Church. Mrs. Ginn worked with children in the primary departments of Sunday Schools and with the Women’s Missionary Unions at church, association and state levels.
From 1921 to 1957, Mrs. Ginn served as office secretary of the Tennessee Baptist Convention’s Auxiliary Women’s Missionary Union. She was also a former recording secretary and did much writing, teaching and speaking for the organization. She once recalled: “I had the same desk and the same chair for thirty-six years and I lived across the street from the office until they decided to tear down the building.”
In 1970, when the building she had lived in for so long was torn down, Mrs. Ginn was forced out and at the age of ninety settled in The Old Woman’s Home. Mrs. Ginn was a guest on Teddy Bart’s Noon Show on her 90th birthday. In her retirement, she wrote a history of the Tennessee Women’s Missionary Union under the title As I Saw It. Copies of her book are kept in the office of The West End Home Foundation.
Interviewed on her 101st birthday, Mrs. Ginn attributed her longevity to having led a healthy Christian life. She joked that her interest in historic buildings, structures her father helped construct, was because “I don’t want to be the only old thing left in town”.
Excerpt from a letter written by Mrs. Ginn to The Board of Directors of The Old Woman’s Home
“I want to state again that I thank God and you dear people at The Old Woman’s Home for giving me this wonderful place among such lovely and gracious people to spend so many years of my remaining life with. May God reward each and everyone for their kindness and patience, is my prayer.”