Groton - Ella Mae Gaston, 73, of Groton, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family, on Sunday, May 6, 2012.
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She was born Nov. 13, 1938, to the late Robert and Ocie (Hurt) McClellan, in Hickman, Ky. Ella Mae was known as an independent woman who raised ten children. Ella had a passion for gardening, she was often seen maintaining her numerous flower gardens throughout her yard. Ella also enjoyed going to bingo. If you were blessed enough to meet "Ella Mae" you easily recognized her joyful and peaceful spirit.
Ella leaves to cherish her memory Michael (Brenda), Felicia, Marvin (Loita), Rodney, Wendell (Karen), Michelle, Glynn (Maureen), Derwin and Lawonda; fourteen grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren; four brothers, Robert, Ossie, John (JW) and Jessie McClellan; two sisters, Wilanna and Waheeda.
Ella was predeceased by her loving daughter, Brenda Gaston; three brothers, John Bailey, Edward Lee and William McClellan; and four sisters, Virginia, Oprah, Rosie and Pearl.
The family will receive relatives and friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 12, 2012, with a 6 p.m. service at Thomas L. Neilan and Sons Funeral Home, 12 Ocean Ave., New London. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, contributions and donations can be sent in c/o Wendell Gaston, 29 Central Ave., Groton, CT 06340.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.neilanfuneralhome.com
Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home
12 Ocean Avenue
New London, CT 06320
Published in The Day on May 10, 2012