Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes

1730 East Grand River Ave, East Lansing, MI


Ella Jean Woodruff

January 23, 1936May 26, 2019

Ella J. Woodruff, 83, got her wings and went to heaven at home surrounded by family on Sunday, May 26, 2019 in Laingsburg, Michigan. Ella loved spending time with her family, cake decorating, cooking her famous fried chicken and homemade noodles, crossword puzzles, and anything to do with crafts.

She is proceeded in death by her husband, Thomas E Woodruff Sr., her soulmate, Donald Dechelbor, her sons, Thomas E Woodruff Jr. and Keith Pennala, her parents, Farrel and Fern Alward, her bother Lee Alward, and her niece Shelby Ledesma.

Surviving to cherish her memory are children, Karen (Ken) Howe, Pennie Ballard, and Steve (Stacy) Woodruff; her grandchildren, Amber (Nick) Jubb, Savanah (Tucker) Shirey, Christopher, Conner and Mackenzie Woodruff; great grandchildren, Jenna, Owen and Little Ella; sister and bestfriend, Donna Hollen; special niece, Peggie Alward; many nieces and nephews.

A very special "Thank you!" for the support from Tracy Hill, Tracy Houle Thompson, along with the Woodruff and Langham families, Marjorie Sue Montgomery, Renee Johnson, the Hospice Care Team, and Laingsburg Lions Club.

Ella will be laid to rest at Pleasant Hill Cemetery with a private service, and a celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Flowers may be sent to Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes East Chapel by Monday, June 3, 2019 by 10:00am to 1730 E Grand River Ave, East Lansing, MI 48823

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Annetta Cole

May 30, 2019

Ella was such a wonderful caring person.. I remember when I was hanging out with Pennie on Main St. I stayed the night with them alot.. she would always be sitting at her kitchen table doing her cross word puzzles or decorating her cakes.. Pennie and I would go out late and come back and she would be sitting there waiting for us she would say where have u girls been she would start lecturing us.. Pennie and I would just giggle I loved her she was like a second mom to me when I was growing up as a teenager she will be missed by alot of people..💞💞