OBITUARY

Loverna Ellen Ferrell

May 31, 1932June 13, 2021
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On the sunny Sunday morning of June 13th, 2021 Loverna Ellen Ferrell, 89, passed from this world to her eternal home. Loverna, more commonly known as Ellen and affectionately known as “MawMaw”, was the embodiment of love, wisdom, and strength. She leaves behind not only countless family and friends, but the legacy she built: to love unconditionally, overcome obstacles, and approach life with determination, good humor, and a warm meal. As a tri-war veteran’s wife, Ellen bravely raised four children in three different countries; as a “non-typical” student she went back to school and received her GED at age 69; as a proud grandmother and great-grandmother, she never missed a special occasion or an opportunity to make those around her feel seen, known, and cared for. When MawMaw wasn’t attending an event for someone she loved, filling a buggy at Sams or Aldi, or working a 1,000 piece puzzle on her dining room table, she could be found in her cozy living room, rocking in her rocking chair, telling stories to family and friends; graciously sharing her invaluable wisdom, famous sense of humor, or a plate of generously portioned, home cooked food. Ellen was born to William and Delphia Snodgraft in Putney, WV on May 31,1932. She resided there until 1941, attending DuPont High School until 1947, and marrying Norman Ferrell of Hubball, WV on November 1, 1952. The two traveled with the military, living and growing their family both domestically and abroad before settling back into the Upper Kanawha Valley of WV, four children in tow. After raising a family, the two moved to Dunbar, WV in 1994, calling it home for the remainder of their lives. Not only did Ellen continuously conquer fears and defy odds throughout her life, she passed along her incessant courage and positive attitude to the next generation(s) by humbly serving as the matriarch and anchor to her family, whom she truly and wholeheartedly loved. Ellen was preceded in death by her husband, Norman E. Ferrell; son, James “Butch” (Linda) Ferrell; father, William Chapman Snodgraft; mother, Delphia Delila (Hayes) Snodgraft; brothers, Billy and John “Jay” (Sandra) Snodgraft; sister, Floretta “Jean” Hanson; and grandchild, Sona Eller. She is survived by sons, Norman Allen Ferrell of Dunbar and Larry Jay Ferrell of Belle; daughter, Deanna Laine (Tom) Allen of South Charleston; and sibling, Betty Lockhart of Belle. In addition to her children and sister, Ellen is also survived by those who gave her the renowned title of “MawMaw”, 11 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, 3 faithful granddogs, and many others whom she loved as her own. Ellen's funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, June 18, 2021 at Stevens & Grass Funeral Home, Malden, with Allan Selbe speaking and Pastor Chad Cobb officiating. Entombment will follow the service at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes. A gathering of family and friends will be from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Thursday, June 17, 2021 at the funeral home. Please be fully aware of the new State and CDC guidelines for wearing a mask when attending services. Unvaccinated persons must wear a mask and social distancing should still be observed by all. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider honoring MawMaw’s legacy and support MDS awareness by scheduling a blood donation appointment with your local American Red Cross. The family would also like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Thomas Hospital and HospiceCare for so kindly caring for MawMaw during her time of need.

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, June 17, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, June 18, 2021

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Anne Montague

June 16, 2021

I did not know Ellen personally, but I felt I knew her through her son, Norman, whose love for her is genuine and lasting. Such mother-child bonds are so important. I thank them both for having seen that bond.

Linda Cassell

June 16, 2021

I have nothing but good memories of this nice lady.
My father's sister in law. My uncle's wife.
My husband and I offer our heartfelt condolences to you and your family. May Ellen's soul be at peace with our Heavenly Father. I pray for peace and comfort for you and your loved ones at this difficult time and offer my condolences to you all.
With Sympathy,
Ray and Dianne (Ferrell) Cassell

Sandra McCoy

June 16, 2021

Ellen was my 1st cousin and lived close by. her in Belle and me up Witcher oneof the first people I took my baby girl to meet was Ellen and her daughter Deanna I love all my cousins very much and respect for the wonderful people they are i want to thank Ellen's sister Betty for keeping me informed on Ellen's health i love you Betty God bless this beautiful family sending prayers 🙏 and love to everyone ❤ Sandy

Robin Carr

June 15, 2021

I met your mother Ellen as a student in my Adult Education class. What a joy she was to me and the other students. She shared her story with me about how much she wanted to achieve getting her GED. She said that she wanted to be a good influence on her grandchildren and future great-grandchildren. Ellen wanted them to know that even though she married young that education was always important to her. After studying and working towards her GED for a few months she took the test and passed it! I was so happy for her. We hugged and she said, now my family can be proud knowing that I have my diploma and hopefully my grandchildren and great grandchildren will achieve graduating from high school and go on to do whatever they choose in life. Ellen took me under her wing for a few years inviting me to get to know part of her family, Allen, Deanna and Tom. We have managed to stayed in touch one way or another over the years.
It was my pleasure to know this wonderful lady and her family. My heart goes out to each of you.
Having had surgery recently, I may not make it to the funeral. Allen, please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
May the loving arms of our Lord surround each of you providing you with peace, love and wonderful memories to share.
Love,
Robin

Eve Dudis

June 15, 2021

My deepest sympathies and prayers for love, peace, and comfort for all your family. Katie Smith, your maw maw was such a lovely lady and loved by so many. Her sweet spirit will live on in you. Be comforted, knowing she is rejoicing in Heaven!

Eve Dudis

Jessica Parsons

June 15, 2021

Sending the most sincere sympathies and praying for peace and comfort for the entire family. MawMaw was such a beautiful and special lady! To our sweet friend, Katie Smith: Our hearts grieve with you during this time. You'll always carry on your sweet MawMaw's legacy.

Jessica Parsons & Kyle Smith

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