October 29, 1954 ~ June 14, 2019

Born in: Arkansas City, KS
Resided in: Denver, CO

Ellana Marie DeLoach was born in Arkansas City, Kansas on October 29th, 1954 to parents Reverend William F. DeLoach and Doreatha DeLoach. She grew up in a loving home where she shared a memorable childhood with her older brother, Michael A. Givens, and younger sister Beverly Diane DeLoach-Duckett.

Ellana attended Francis Willard Elementary, Ark City Junior High, and Ark City High School. She worshipped at Pilgrim Rest Baptist church – where her father was pastor. As a “preacher’s daughter”, she was raised attending bible studies, singing in the choir and many other church activities from a very young age. Soon after completing high school, Ellana met Timothy Vaughn, and bore her three children; Tegitra J’Von DeLoach, Shannon Terell DeLoach, and Radonda Jazelle DeLoach. In 1978, Ellana moved her family to Denver, Colorado where she earned her Certified Nursing Assistant License from Emily Griffith. She made a living as a CNA and healthcare professional for the next 20 years.

Ellana loved spending quality time with her family more than anything in the world. She liked taking her grandkids on little day-time adventures and having philosophical conversations with her adult children, but, in recent years, hosting the family for the holidays was by far her favorite thing. Classic rock was her preferred music. She was also an avid reader, history buff, and please, don’t let her get started with politics! Her family and friends also knew how fun-loving and silly she could be. Whether she was re-mixing popular songs by adding her own lyrics, making her best attempt at the latest dance moves, or uncontrollably laughing at her own jokes, she would make you smile.

One of the most cherished memories for her children will be cooking with “momma”. Those special days when she would wake them up in the middle of the night to keep her company while she prepared holiday meals. Remembering the way she would say, “Stir that”, “Taste this”, and, inevitably, “Okay, now ya’ll gettin’ in my way.” Thinking about those days will bring joy to her children for the rest of their lives.

Ellana was not a wealthy woman, yet, she will be most remembered for her extraordinary generosity. Her door was always open. You may be on the floor or the couch, but, if you knew “Lana”, you had a home. She was generous with her precious time as well – genuinely putting others well-being before her own. And most of all, she was generous with her love. And that is why so many loved her. A friend, Mary Buckley, said it simply, “[Lana] was one of the best people on the planet.”

Ellana is preceded in death by her parents, Reverend William F. DeLoach and Doreatha DeLoach.

God called Ellana home on June 14th, 2019. Her children and life-long friend, Muneeb Mian, were by her side. Those left to cherish her memories include her brother, Michael A. Givens; sister, Beverly Diane (Danny) DeLoach-Duckett; sons, Tegitra J’Von DeLoach and Shannon Terell DeLoach; daughter, Radonda Jazelle DeLoach; nephew, Brandon Kyce DeLoach; six grandchildren; Taryn Simone DeLoach, Dontae Malik DeLoach, Kylese Antoinette DeLoach-Walker, Dallon Kerris DeLoach, Kira Antoinese DeLoach-Walker and Kacin William DeLoach; and a host of cousins, other relatives, and friends.

“I will look after you and I will look after anybody you say needs to be looked after, any way you say. I am here. I brought my whole self to you. I am your mother.”
― Maya Angelou, Mom & Me & Mom


Visitation: June 25, 2019 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Pipkin Braswell Chapel of Peace
6601 Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80220

(303) 996-0869

Celebration of Life: June 25, 2019 11:00 am

Pipkin Braswell Chapel of Peace
6601 Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80220

(303) 996-0869

Interment: June 25, 2019 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

St. Simeon Cemetery
22001 Colorado #30
Aurora, CO 80018

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  1. Thank you Ms. Lana for being my Ma2. You have been there for my family for 22 years you have loved and cared for my children and embraced my family. You will truly be missed. It has been a pleasure to be a “Non DeLoach” RIH

  2. Radonda, sweetheart. I am truly sorry for your loss. This is a tremendous loss and I know you are in pain. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you, your children and the entire family. I pray our lord Jesus wrap his arms around you and that you find comfort knowing he will walk with you. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you.

  3. We were raised next door to one another, played together almost every day, walked to school together, and attended the same church. We talked occasionally over the phone, our last conversation just two weeks ago. Lana you will be missed. Until we meet again my friend. RIP

  4. We are so sorry to hear this news but blessed for so many wonderful memories with the Deloach Family growing up in Kansas. Prayers from the entire Towles Family in Texas. Mrs. Eddie Mae Towles, Eddie Steven Towles, Charles Towles Jr. & Teresa Towles Penn in Wichita Ks.

  5. You have been in my life since I was a little girl and I am still trying understand all of this. All I know is God called you home so we can’t question Him about it. I know that you raised an amazing daughter and I will forever be thankful for that.

  6. Sending my deepest condolences to you and your family for strength and comfort during this time. I knew Ellana when she lived in Arkansas City she was the sweetest person and had a heart of gold. R.I.H dear friend you will be missed.

  7. My dear friend. I will never forget you and your obligations you have done for me. I remembered all mother’s day I spent with you. God bless you and give you peace in heaven. Love you and miss you. You got reward for serving your mom. I gonna miss you all my life

  8. I have loved Lana like family since I was a little girl. Going to her house for celebrations and dinners was always such a treat. She had a way of embracing the people in her life with genuine love and openness. Lana will always hold a very special place in my heart and mind. I miss her. Thank you for all of the kindness your family has shown me and my mom over nearly 4 decades. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  9. Where do I begin to express my deep sorrow for not only myself but the Deloach clan. Lana was my best friend of 38 years. I am so thankful God blessed me when Lana entered my life. She was one of the best people on the planet. I will miss her greatly. Thank you to her children for being there with her to the end. I know all of you were her world. Good bye for now Lana.

  10. Lana! I don’t even know where to fully start. You were one of the best friends I knew my grandma to have. You were so genuine, had a a smile that lite up the room, and baby you always kept it real with me, lol ALWAYS, you knew I was a hardbody like my mom so you had to be nothing but real with me. You were such a helping hand, literally always taking care of everyone and everything and never really missed a beat doing so. I’m going to miss you so much, words can’t even explain. I remember before I moved to Houston you always to me to take care of myself and “Be smart now Syraea, they’re a different breed down there” man I remember. I love you so much, please watch us over your family, and my Nana to. She loved you like a sister, I know you knew that. This isn’t goodbye though, just the beginning of a beautiful life with God. I love you!

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