Ella M. Gray

May 7, 2008

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Visitation:
202 W. Maple Street Willard OH 44890 5/9/2008 14:00:00

Visitation 2:
5/7/2008 17:00:00

Service:
202 W. Maple Street Willard OH 44890 5/10/2008 11:00:00

Ella M. Gray, age 66, resident of Willard, passed away on Wednesday, May 7, 2008 in Mercy Hospital of Willard following a brief illness. She was born on April 8, 1942 in Bays County, Kentucky and had been a resident of Willard since 1952. She graduated from Willard High School in 1961. She attended the Church of God of Prophecy in Willard. She was a loving Christian wife, mother and grammie who enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was the best cook, gardener, sister and friend.
She is survived by her husband, Don Gray, whom she wed on October 12, 1963; two daughters, Pam (Chris) Schwan of Willard and Tami (Greg) Benedict of Lexington, Ohio; five grandchildren, Drayton, Emily, Harrison, William and Audrey; her mother; Grethel (Back) Sallee of Willard; eight brothers, Melvin (Joyce) Back of Florida, Frank (Norma) Sallee of Florida, Kelly (Mary) Sallee of Willard, Paul (Donna) Sallee of Florida, Ernie (Deb) Sallee of Shelby, Larry Sallee of North Fairfield, Donnie (Connie) Sallee of Willard, Dale (Vickie) Sallee of Crestline; three sisters, Jewel (Ellis) Sturgill of North Fairfield, Louise (Raymond) Adams of Willard, Bernita (Alvin) Weiss of Willard and several nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her father, Oscar Sallee
Friends may call at the Secor Funeral Home in Willard on Friday, May 9, 2008 from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M.. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 11:00 A.M. with Rev. Harry Myers officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery in New Haven, Ohio. Memorial expressions may be made to Mercy Hospital of Willard Foundation. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.secorfuneralhomes.com

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Marie Gray - May 9, 2008

Donnie,
I love you like a son. It is so hard to accept the loss of Ella,we loved her so much but God has promised to never leave us and he is there with you, Pam and Tami to comfort and give you strength. I send my love and wish I could be there with you. Aunt Marie

Doraine Wetzel - May 9, 2008

Donnie,
I send my love to you and the girls. Donnie you and Ella have always been there for us. You were there for me when I lost Chris, I wish I was able to be there for you. I do understand what you are going through right now and will be praying that God will ease your pain and that you will find some comfort. We will all miss Ella but will always remember the wonderful times we spent with her.

JULIE HERSHBERGER - May 9, 2008

DONNIE AND FAMILY, I AM SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE LOSS OF ELLA. EVERY WORD I’VE EVER HEARD SPOKEN OF HER WAS KIND AND FULL OF GRACE. BEING A DISTANT FAMILY MEMBER I DIDN’T HAVE THE PLEASURE OF BEING AROUND AS MUCH AS I WOULD LIKE TO BE HOWEVER WHENEVER I WAS IN HER PRESENCE SHE MADE ME FEEL SO LOVED LIKE I BELONGED TO HER. OUR WORLD WILL SURELY FEEL THE VOID WITHOUT HER BUT HEAVEN IS NOW A SWEETER PLACE. GOD LESS YOU AND YOURS. WITH LOVE JULIE LOUDERMILK HERSHBERGER

Susan Hamman - May 9, 2008

Donnie, Pammy and Tammy, I am so sorry to hear of Ellas passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time and always. I have had many great times with Donnie and Ella and babysitting for Pam. I know we are never ready for a loved one to pass away and we never get over it, but think back and remember all the good times you have had with her and all the memories she has left you. She was a loving Christian Mom and Wife and is rejoicing now with those who have gone before. Take care and God Bless you all. Love Ya Susan Sallee Hamman

Tricia (Palmer) Tarr - May 8, 2008

Tammy,
I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. You are in our thoughts during this difficult time.

Linda &Cledith Franks - May 8, 2008

Don and family, We are sadden by the passing of Ella. She was a wonderful person. Your family is on our mind and in our prayers at this difficult time. God will get you through all of this.

Janet Kemper - May 8, 2008

Tami,
I am sooooo sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. May God give you strength through this difficult time. I just remember all the wonderful things you said about her when we worked at First National together!! With sympathy to your whole family.

Penny Music - May 8, 2008

You will all be in our thoughts and prayers and we will hold dear the times we were able to learn and benefit from Ella and the family and count you all among our blessings! With all our Love and Prayers : Penny, Walker, and Bradyn Music!

WHS Class of 1984 - May 8, 2008

Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
Your Friends….Class of 84

Tina Isaac - May 8, 2008

The family of Ella Gray,
So sorry to hear about the passing of Ella. She was such a caring and loving person and she will be missed by all….you will be in my thoughts.

WHS Class of 1961 - May 8, 2008

To the family of Ella Gray –
The WHS Class of 1961 extends their sympathy to your family in the loss of our friend, Ella.

Having spent our high school years with her, we learned to appreciate her values. You have lost a loved one, we have lost a friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Hanna Pinkelman & Family - May 8, 2008

Harrison,
We’re sorry about your gramma. I hope you feel better soon and come back to school. Everyone misses you at school.

Sharrilee Patrick and Family - May 8, 2008

Uncle Don,Pam,Tami and family I’m sorry about the passing of Aunt Ella. She was a wonderful person and she was always there for me and my family when I needed her. I can not express how truely sorry I am for your loss. She will be greatly missed. I’m sorry I will not be able to come up for her funeral but I’m sending all my love and my prayers for you guys and I love each and everyone of you. The kids loved Ella and still hold very good memories from their time with her at Central School and she will truely be missed. If there is anything I can do let me know. Aunt Ella always showed her love for everyone in the family. God bless you guys and you will all be in my prayers. Love you.

Jeff & April Sallee - May 8, 2008

Don and family,You are ALL in our prayers.Ella was the BEST!!!She and I had some good talks in the eight years I’ve known her and she helped me and Jeff ALOT! I’ll never forget the talk we had in the mall. What a Wonderful Aunt. We love you all and our prayers are with you and your WONDERFUL family. With All our Love: Jeff,April,Brooke and Ashlee Sallee