Elnora "Ellie" Jeannette Noack

October 5, 1930January 24, 2023
Obituary of Elnora "Ellie" Jeannette Noack
Ellie Noack (Elnora Jeannette Noack), born October 5, 1930, passed away Tuesday, January 24, 2023 at Hospice Austin's Christopher House after recently celebrating her 92nd birthday. Ellie was born and raised in Port Arthur, Texas where she first found her true calling in athletics and education. After graduating high school, she attended the University of Texas to work on her degrees, and it was here that she developed her lifelong love affair with Austin. After receiving her B.S. in Physical Education and Master's Education from UT, she began her teaching experience in elementary schools through high schools across Texas. It goes without saying that it was inevitable she would return to Austin. Going on to serve the AISD, Ellie was ultimately named Athletic Director for the district, making her the first woman in Texas to attain that position. In 2001, she was inducted into the Texas Athletic Directors Association's Hall of Honor. Ellie was further honored when, in 2003, AISD named its newest sports facility after her. Moreover, the Kinesiology and Health Education department at UT later inducted her into its Hall of Fame in 2016. After a remarkable career of 36 years, Ellie retired in 1989 but refused to "take it easy". She embarked on numerous trips with her brother Don and sister-in-law Shirley, visiting Mexico and the majority of Europe, with Germany and Austria as particular favorites. Ellie was an ardent supporter of the University of Texas, particularly her beloved Lady Longhorns basketball team. She often brought friends and family along to experience the excitement of these games, and proudly stated that she had season tickets to the Lady 'Horns since season tickets existed. As enthusiastic as Ellie felt about UT, she was--perhaps impossibly--even more passionate about her "career" as an aunt and great aunt, spoiling Mark, Scott, Debbie, Stephanie, Paige, Haley and Jake alike. They remain in awe of her inspiration, her wit, and most of all, her love. Ellie is survived by brother Don, best friend Janice, and her cherished nieces and nephews. Services will be held at her church of 50 years, University United Methodist Church on Monday, February 6 at 1:00pm. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Hospice Austin or the Austin Humane Society (donation links below). Hook 'em Horns, Ellie. The eyes, and heart, of Texas will always be upon you.

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