Floral 08

Ella Wright

October 12, 2023



Ella Lee Wright was born June 3, 1933 in Huntsville, Missouri to the union of Walter Miller and Ada Tolson - Miller the thirteenth child of thirteen. She attended Lincoln School in Huntsville, Missouri.

Ella Miller and Edward Wright were married June 29, 1957 in Huntsville, Missouri. They were married 63 years. To this union were born five children.

Ella was employed as a nanny and domestic worker for several families in the Moberly area including the Magruders, Shepherds, Frisbees and Hollenbecks.

Ella was a member of Timmons Temple, and it was there at the age of 15, that she gave her life to the Lord. After marriage, Ella joined Franklin Street where she remained a faithful member serving with her husband,  Pastor Edward Wright for over 43 years.  Ella worked in various positions in the church including First Lady at  Franklin Street in Moberly, Macon COGIC in Macon, Missouri, and Steward Temple in New London, Missouri as well as a Sunday School teacher and secretary at her local church and in the Moberly District. Ella’s favorite song during her latter years was “So Glad I’m Here …I’m Here in Jesus Name”.

To know her was to love her. She was a friend and mother figure to everyone she met affectionately  calling them “her boy” or  “her girl”. She was very hospitable and made everyone feel at home in her presence. Ella was a classy lady known for her beautiful hats and her beautiful smile.

In her pastime, Ella enjoyed planting and taking care of her many plants and flowers; feeding and watching the birds, reading, working word searches, and listening to the Trading Post on the radio. She loved singing and one would oftentimes hear her humming and singing as she worked around the house. Her grandchildren were her pride and joy and she enjoyed cooking huge breakfasts of biscuits, waffles, bacon, sausage, and eggs for them whenever they visited. Ella was a humble, but mighty woman of God who shared her Godly counsel with various family and friends throughout her life. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, First Lady, and a friend to the many lives that she touched.

Ella was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Ada Miller; her loving husband, Edward Enoch Wright;  a son, Clayton Anthony Wright; seven sisters, Nadine Miller, Geraldine Miller, Ada Grant Miller, Frances Margaret Miller, Thelma Morene Williams,  Helen Mae Ball, and; Susie Leanna Miller-Green;  four brothers Willard Miller, Oscar Thomas Miller, Herman Walter Miller, and Marvin Howard Miller.

Ella Wright passed peacefully from this life and was received into the arms of her Heavenly Father on October 12, 2023.

She leaves to cherish her memory one sister Rosemary Dawson of Moberly, Mo; one son Stephen Wright (Vertina) of Columbia MO, three daughters Stephanie McCain (David) of Moberly, MO, Cathey Dodd (William) of Raytown, MO and Roxanne Wright of Moberly, MO; eight grandchildren Montario, David, Dre’von, Shanna, Daniel, Jacob, Elyssa, and Makayla; several great grandchildren including her name sake Ella Janae; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, congregants and friends.

Words of comfort and support were shared with the family at a visitation that was held in the Franklin St. Church of God in Christ,  Funeral services honoring and celebrating Ella’s life followed.  Committal prayer and entombment took place at Oakland Mausoleum. 

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