Ellen Case was born in Kansas City, Missouri, parents Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Willam Case. Her father worked as a mail handler at the Union Station in Kansas City until he died in 1944 at the age of 47 of a heart attack. Two brothers -- Floyd Wm. Case, Jr., born in 1926, who is a Christian minister at Glentsville, Missouri and Ross Case born 1928, who is a Christian minister, with his new wife at Enid, establishing a mission school. Ellen went to grade school at Fairmount, Kansas City, Missouri and won some art awards. Attended Sunday School t Fairmount Christian Church and was baptized by Romans Smith in 1940. She went to Northeast Jr. and Sr. High Schools and graduated,. On June 1944, in a special service Ellen dedicated herself to full time Christian service. She taught a S.S. class in the Fairmount Christian church, worked in the Mexican Mission while in K.C. and helped in a few revivals with chalk drawings while still in high school. In the summer time did baby sitting an worked in a dime store. Her home was one of love and devotion. She went to two conferences. Ellen Case entered Phillips University the fall of 1947 after graduating from high school.. Her Mother went to Enid with her as all three of the children were in college. Dick and Cay Ewing lived in the apartment above theirs, and it was there that she met Ruth Sanders. (Lloyd was out on tour) While in Phillips Ellen helped in the Saturday Bible School for Black Children, was on the Executive committee of the University Place Christian Church Disciple Student Fellowship. Was also a member of the cast of the missionary play -- sent out by this church. Worked for Dean England one summer, another summer taught in youth camps and helped in revivals with her brother Ross. Still another summer worked as a nurse's aide in the Enid General Hospital and kept this job thru the winter. Other jobs were sign painting and giving Marimba concerts. Paid all of her tuition and worked out room and board at home. She began the marimba on her own as a freshman and now plays it well, plays the piano some and hopes to learn the accordion. Is purchasing a smaller marimba and trying to sell the large one, as it will not be so practical in Brazil. Ellen graduated from Phillips University with a A.B. in Bible, took a double major of Bible and psychology, minored in philosophy. Began giving concert this summer for mission support -- was ordained by Dr. C.A. Wright and the elders of the Fairmount Christian Church in August 1951. Ellen Case believes her going to Brazil is the plan of God for her.