Ella Mae Woods, age 87, passed this life on December 2, 2020 at the Maybelle Carter Senior Living, an assisted living facility in Nashville, Tennessee where she resided for the past 2 years and 10 months. She was born March 4, 1933 in Cairo, Illinois, the daughter of Lewis and Ida Mae Johnson (Moss). She accepted Jesus at an early age and was baptized in Cairo, Illinois.
She completed her formal education in Illinois, including earning credentials as a registered nurse (RN) from Elgin Community College and her bachelor’s degree (BSN) in nursing from Northern Illinois University.
Ella Mae met and married Tom Hibbler from Elgin, Illinois and from this union Michele was born. Tom Hibbler passed away following an unfortunate accidental fire in their home.
Ella Mae later met and married Everett Woods from Elgin, Illinois and they were married on August 24, 1966. They shared 51 years of marriage during which they raised Michele. Everett Woods passed away on August 21, 2017 following an illness.
Ella was a steadfast Christian with passion for Church work. She was a dedicated long-term member of the Second Baptist Church of Elgin. Her devotion included membership of the Choral Ensemble, instructor in the New Member Classes, Missionary Ministry and was the founder of the Health Care Ministry. She was active in the Congress of Christian Education of the National Baptist Sunday School Convention along with her fellow “Golden Girls”, Sister Margaret Spivey, Sister Helen Randall and Sister Melonese Hughes. She departed Second Baptist when she relocated to Nashville, Tennessee to be with her Daughter Michele.
Ella will be remembered by her family and other loved ones for her kind heart, caring attitude and compassion. She was a dedicated servant of God who lived the gospel through her action toward others. She was witty, outspoken and had a great sense of humor.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Tom Hibbler; second husband, Everett Woods; son, Michael Johnson; parents, Lewis and Ida Mae Johnson; and three brothers, Lewis Johnson, George Johnson, and Glen Johnson.
She leaves behind her loving daughter, Michele (William) Hibbler-Jones; stepdaughter, Rita Woods; grandchildren, Nicole Elam, and Tanya Johnson; great grandchildren, Alexis, Aniah, and Amaryah; great-great grandchildren, Kari and Kobi. Also, siblings, Ruthie Tye, Geraldine Patton, Carolyn (Marvin) Edwards; and sister in law, Carolyn Logan. Also special friends, Sister Mary Helen Randle, Sister Margaret Spivey, Sister Melonese Hughes (Second Baptist Golden Girls); her dedicated caregivers, Dale Terry, Shaunda Smith, Alexis Elam, Rita Bass, Kadija Petty, Shetieka Hooks, Barbara Johnson, Yaminah Yarbro, Erica Osborne, and Rebeccah Walker; Willowbrook Hospice; and many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
Visitation will be 10:00am until funeral service at 11:00am, Thursday, December 10, 2020 at Symonds-Madison Funeral Home, 305 Park Street, Elgin, IL 60120. Rev. Dr. Nathaniel L. Edmond will be officiating.
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Interment to follow at Bluff City Cemetery, 945 Bluff City Boulevard, Elgin, IL 60120.
Final arrangements entrusted to Symonds-Madison Funeral Home. For more information, call 847-741-1128 or visit www.symondsmadison.com.