Ella was born on June 26, 1933, in West Liberty, Kentucky, and passed away peacefully in her sleep on September 8, 2015, in Okemos, Michigan.
Ella was preceded in death by her husband of over 52 years, Kurt DeVere Engler, and her beloved son Kurt Douglas Engler. Parents Addison and Grace, her brothers James, Glenn and Billy and her sister Betty Ann also preceded her in death.
She is survived by her children, Donald Wilson of Brentwood, CA, Milly King (Mike) of Chipley, FL, Sally Shull (Jeff) of Ada, MI, Ginny Widger (Brad) of New Hudson, MI, Vicky Doubleday of Jupiter, FL, Shelley Palmer of Lake Odessa, MI, and Karl Engler (Julie) of Grand Ledge; daughter-in-law, Gina Engler-Burton of Grand Ledge; her grandchildren, Stephanie, Christopher, SarahJane, Danny, Heather, Jonathan, Megan, Nicole, Rebecca, Gretchen, Grant, Lauren, Erin, Richie, Courtney, Danielle, Spencer, Jack and Grace; 3 great-grandchildren; sisters, Genoa and Juanita; and her brothers, George, Milton and Junior.
Ella lived in Rochester, Michigan, with her husband and family from the early 1960s until 1978. The family then relocated to Kingston, Michigan, where they resided for many years until retiring to the Northern Michigan town of Lewiston. Ella’s devotion and pride in life was caring for, cooking for and raising her large family. She was particularly passionate about baking and was known by many as the best pie maker that there was.
Ella’s service will be Monday, September 14, 2015, at 11:30 a.m. at the Burdell Township Cemetery in Tustin, Michigan, where she will be reunited with the love of her life, Kurt. The service will be followed by a luncheon at the Kettunen Center. Donations may be made to the Ingham County Medical Care Facility in Okemos, Michigan. Arrangements are by the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.