Ella Louise Osteen, Restauranteur, bird watcher

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Ella Louise Osteen, 87, of Cross City, died Friday, Feb. 18, 2011, at Cross City Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.  

Mrs. Osteen was born in Claxton, Ga., and moved to Eustis, where she grew up.  She married Johnny Osteen and moved to Horseshoe Beach in Dixie County in 1943.  She and her husband fished and ran a fish house and restaurant for many years.  She was a member of the Cross City Church of God and enjoyed bird watching, reading and sewing.

She is survived by her daughter, Millie (Wayne) Griner of Cross City; grandchildren, Angel, Jason, Holly, Steven and great-granddaughter, Hillary.  

She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Johnny Osteen and son, Steve Osteen.

Graveside services were Monday, Feb. 21, at Old Town Cemetery with the Rev. Ed Ivey officiating.

Arrangements were under the care of Rick Gooding Funeral Home, Cross City.

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