Ellen and Helen were the twin sisters who opened and operated the Love Kitchen until their deaths in 2015 (at 87) and 2018 (at 89), respectively. Helen and Ellen were born in Abbeville, South Carolina, to sharecropper parents, John Liddell and the former Alice White. The sisters moved to Knoxville in 1946 when they were both 18 because their favorite aunt, Eva Icem, lived there. They received the money to relocate as a graduation gift from their parents. Ellen was locally renown as the hugger and both sisters were known to wear matching outfits and aprons!
Fun fact: Their favorite thing to eat was bacon. Volunteers still remember cooking the sisters their 5 pounds of bacon (occasionally some strawberries and animal crackers too – obviously) while they watched game shows in The Love Kitchen office.