It is with deep sadness, that the family of Ella Mae Paul-Carley announce her passing in Innisfail, Alberta on April 9th, 2021. Ella Mae was born in Kelowna, British Columbia on May 12, 1929.
She went to her rest surrounded by her loving children. She was predeceased by her husband Richard Paul; daughter Penny (Don) Straub; and husband Ken Carley. Her surviving children are Dorothy (Marvin) Crombie of Armstrong, British Columbia, Linda (Gordon) Simanton of Lacombe, Alberta, Fred (Lynn) Paul of Lacombe, Alberta, and Ray Paul of Pennsylvania. Ella had 12 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren, as well as numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.
She was a loving wife, capable mother, and a wise grandmother. Ella deeply loved her children and taught them values to live life well and be all they could be as citizens of this world and heaven above. She encouraged singing around the piano and gathered the family together for evening worship and prayer.
She served her church by teaching the kindergarten class and went on to a larger convocation capacity of 100 children each summer for 25 years, as well as leading Vacation Bible School Programs in British Columbia.
Ella opened her heart to receiving children in Foster Care needing extra attention and love. She was deeply admired and loved by all whose lives she touched.
Ray, the youngest son, encouraged her to take training to be a school bus driver which she achieved. She endeared children's hearts to hers as she acknowledged their comings and goings each day.
Ella was a personable, fun loving, faith filled woman, trying her hand at a variety of crafts such as; crochet, knitting, sewing, ceramics, cake decorating, musical instruments of assortment, even mastering the computer technology of Face Book. She enjoyed table games such as Dominos, Skipbo, Crokinole, Pit and Word Games. She welcomed the young people in for birthday parties, an evening of games, sometimes a taffy pull, enjoying their laughter and busy chatter.
Her hands kneaded dough into loaves of bread and cinnamon rolls as well as dolloping large amounts of meringue onto a lemon pie. Her enjoyment of cooking and baking led her to accept employment in a logging camp as “The Cook”.
Mom, you played such an important role in our lives, we will deeply miss you and look forward to the resurrection morning when Jesus awakens you from your sleeping place.
We Love You Mom!
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