Ella Mae Badeau

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Mrs. Ella Mae Gibson Badeau, 86, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, February 02, 2014, at Clapps Nursing Home.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Thursday, February 6, 2014, at Gospel Baptist Church, 5945 N. Church St., Greensboro, NC 27455, with Pastor Paul Luttrell officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Born August 2, 1927, in Forsyth County, to the late Jesse and Lelia Gibson, Ella was a member of Gospel Baptist Church. She was known as “The Ice Cream Lady”. For twenty-five years Ella and her husband could be found in their purple ice cream truck, bringing smiles to ice cream lovers of all ages. She loved to travel but her favorite thing to do was spending time with her family. Ella was a loving and devoted, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great great-grandmother , sister, and friend who was loved by many and will be missed by all who knew her. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred Badeau; and two sisters, Josephine Stringer and Grace Galloway.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Kenneth Badeau, James Badeau and his wife Barbara, Thomas Garner and his wife Soowon, Livia Sneed, and Brigette Mottram and her husband Thomas; sisters, Mary McNeil and Thelma Sexton; nine grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren. The family will receive friends from 7 until 9 pm Wednesday evening, February 5, 2014, at Hanes-Lineberry Vanstory Chapel.

The family cannot express enough their love and admiration for all the loving angels at Clapps Nursing Home who took care of their mother.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Greensboro 2500 Summit Ave., Greensboro, NC 27405.

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  • Visitation Wednesday, February 5, 2014
  • Funeral Service Thursday, February 6, 2014

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Sherry Bundy Royal

February 6, 2014

Michelle and Brian,
Prayers are with your family.

Bertha Smith

February 5, 2014

My wonderful Aunt Mae, you were by my side for so many years ,you took up for me so many times, but the thing I am going to miss most of all is never having your surprise visits and the laughs that we shared over the years. you showed your love for your family and Uncle Fred's family, I am going to miss you and love you so very much.

Tommy Gibbs

February 5, 2014

Aunt Ella Mae will be missed and loved by everyone that knew her.

Priscilla Hodges

February 4, 2014

Deepest expression of sympathy to the children of Mrs. Badeau. I am sure she will be missed by all who knew her, but she is finally healed, happy, and enjoying a new life with our dear Lord. Happy homegoing EllaMae. Please know that the entire family is in our thoughts and prayers.

Lu and Marc Croteau

February 4, 2014

Needless to say, we were very saddened to hear of Aunt Mae's passing.She is in a better place now, walking in glory with Lord.....Rest assured of our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.
Cousins, Lu and Marc
Wellington, FL

Susan McNeil-Bauguess

February 3, 2014

my prayers and thoughts go out to the family of Ella Mae. She was always telling jokes and making me smile. I loved her and will miss her but I know and believe that someday we will meet again in the presence of God. love susan mcneil bauguess