Ella Irene POOL

December 3, 1917March 28, 2019

Ella Irene West Pool was born on December 3, 1917 in Yankton, South Dakota and passed away on March 28, 2019. Ella and Leon Pool married in 1945 and went on to run Leon’s Garden Store on Lake City Way for many years. Known for her community service through the Daughters of the American Revolution and Elks Emblem Club, Ella was a lifelong learner who cherished her lovely gardens in Lake City, loved to read, and wrote histories of the West and Ortman families. Ella traveled, especially to sites of family history including the Ukraine and New England states. Ella is survived by nieces Mary West, Judy West, Karen House, Debi Cargill, Evelyn Barrington, Miriam Simmons, Judi Stanford, Sharon Parsons and Carole Farrell and nephews Robert West, Don House, Mark Simmons and David Steele.


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Ella Irene POOL

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Heidi Lestelle

April 8, 2019

Ella and Leon rented a home in Lake Forest Park during the late 1950's next door to my parents. My sister and I loved visiting Ella; she always welcomed us with a warm smile and a giggle that was distinctively her own. One day she offered me a beef tongue sandwich. It left an impression on me; I was shocked (as well as intrigued) to learn that civilized people might consume such things! On another occasion we went next door to observe Leon butchering a moose he had shot in Canada on a hunting trip. As a former school teacher, Ella used the opportunity to teach us about the remarkable properties of moose fur. Did you know that "moose fur consists of two layers; top layer of long guard hairs and a soft woolly undercoat; the guard hairs are hollow and filled with air for better insulation, which also helps them stay afloat when swimming...?" My fascination with biology may have begun in Ella's garage. The years passed; I got married and moved to the Olympic Peninsula. While visiting my folks in North Seattle one day, I met Ella who kindly invited me to her home (in Lake City) where she supplied me with plants from her yard for landscaping my own. Always thoughtful and generous, Ella enriched my life and challenged me to be a better person... for which I am grateful.