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.

Mourners are encouraged to review the funeral home COVID-19 public health policies ahead of time. Face masks are required to enter the facility.

To access the visitation remotely, loved ones are encouraged to log on safe from home via Zoom.us (Meeting ID: 999 4447 4633, Password: 553133).

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.

18 Replies to “Ella Mae Woods”

  1. Aunt Ella,
    I will cherish the fine memories I have of you, from my early childhood up to now. I appreciate the role you played in my life as baby sitter, discipliner, counselor, and mentor. You will be truly missed.
    Your Nephew – George H. Johnson Jr.

    1. Mom I’m gonna miss you, I’m gonna truly miss you even when you would get on me and Mitchell, and being a roll model as a spirit filled virtues woman . I love you and gonna miss you.

  2. Mrs Ella was my friend, we had our disagreements. But we learned to respect each other to agree to disagree. There was times we cried, repented together to make things right with GOD and each other. She was a wise woman, she was the Queen until the end. My prayers are with the family

  3. Mother Woods Deacon Willie Parish and wife Barbara are better for having met you. God bless you and may you rest in Heaven.

  4. Michele & family, Ms. Ella was a sweet person & will be missed (Already is missed). Glad God has her in his care now. Praying for you & the family. R.I.P. Ms. Ella

  5. Mom you will forever be in my ❤. You are my guardian 👼. Until we meet again. Rest “Safe In His Arms Queen” 💘 – Daughter Michele.

  6. Nicole Elam and Michelle,
    the peace.
    of God.
    flows continuously.
    the grace.
    of God.
    covers you.
    the mercies.
    of God.
    are with you.
    is His presence.
    and faithfulness.
    in your life.

    be encouraged.

    living water blessings/inspiration that encourages the soul™️

    Sending prayers and love from your Carbondale Brown Family.
    Beverly Brown
    T-lynn Brown
    Jerry & Jerri Brown
    Harold Brown
    Stephanie Love Morris
    Timothy Brown Sr.
    Terrie Reyes-Ramos
    Vonda Jean
    Billie Brown
    Jamari Brown
    David Valliant
    Jeremy Brown

  7. Sister Woods was someone I could call a friend. The memories she leaves
    behind will be cherished
    I thank God for bringing my Sister in Christ into my path
    She inspired me in so many ways
    My heartfelt prayers go out to the family

  8. The Lord has taken the matriarch of the Johnson famiy home. 🕊First cousin Ella Mae Woods, loved her family and loved the Lord. Until we meet again, rest well.

  9. May God be with you on your journey home.
    I wish I had known you, because you were amazing person and God will be more than welcome to let you in. RIP

  10. Mrs. Ella Mae Woods, there are not enough words to express the joy in knowing her for over 60 years. She was such an inspiration in all she did, and in all she accomplished. I still remember her working with the junior choir at Second Baptist and the love she had for the choir members. Hearing her sing “The king is coming” with the senior choir. She absolutely loved music and always encouraged us to keep on singing. I will miss her but know she is safe until we see her again. Love always…never forgotten.

  11. Grandma Ella Woods,
    I thank the Lord for the wonderful opportunities to have met you on few occasions back in the early 2000’s. You were wonderful noted and known as the Grand-MaMa. (the grandma who took no nonsense from anyone). My goodness, you are surely missed. As you enter the heavens; pray for the your loved ones left behind and keep guard. May the Good Lord bless and keep your soul forevermore. Rest well in heaven.

  12. My deepest sympathy to Michelle and family. Your mom was truly an angel and was loved by so many.

  13. So many fond memories of her keeping the Second Baptist kids in line. Rest In Heaven to my fellow SBC soprano! Praying for Michelle, Nicole and the rest of her family and friends for their loss.

  14. Aunt Ella,
    I will always cherish the fond memories of you through my life. You will truly be miss. REST IN HEAVEN.
    Your niece Vickie

  15. To Michele and family – Thanking God for your loved one’s life and praying for strength and comfort. With deepest sympathy.

  16. Mrs. Ella Mae Woods graced us with her presence as a woman who “Tell-it-like-it-is”. She was soon honored & respected for her wisdom & love for God’s people, that she was named “Mother Woods of Fresh Anointing House of Worship” She came to us preaching the truth. Her last Sunday at church service was a spoken Word of Truth again. We as a church family will miss her, yet there is no better place to be than with our Heavenly Father!

  17. Peace, Love, and Light Always Auntie. I will miss but cherish the many warm memories, your amazing humor and the strong leadership role you held in our family.

    Until we meet again….
    Love ya “Lou”

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