Ella Mae Lewis, a resident of Birmingham, AL departed this life to eternal rest on January 24, 2023. Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, February 4, 2023 at 11:00am at Graveside at Zion Memorial Gardens.
Ella Mae Bell Lewis was the third daughter born to John D. Bell Sr. and Mary Taylor Bell in Littleton, Alabama, March 31, 1941. Early in her childhood, her family moved to Birmingham, AL where she was educated in the Birmingham City School system, graduating from A.H. Parker High School. On January 24, 2023, Ella fell into eternal sleep and joined her parents, sisters and brothers in their heavenly home. Ella was wed to David Clarence Lewis for fifty-three years and to this union their daughter, Sharon Janeese was born. Ella attended the Booker T. Washington Business College and was a long term employee of Plantation Patterns/Meadow Craft. After retirement, she ran a home daycare where she provided childcare for Jacob, Kamil, David & Karmen. After moving to Birmingham, her family joined Mount Pleasant Primitive Baptist Church, Collegeville. After marrying David, she joined in membership with Hopewell A.M.E. Church, Kingston where she faithfully served as a Stewardess, Young Peoples’ Department Director and a soprano and soloist of the J.J Ray Choir. Ella during a new season in her life moved her membership to Momentum Victorious Church, Eastlake under the leadership of Apostle Herman Brown. She was a part of the Nursery and Children’s Church Ministry. She was an avid prayer warrior. Ella was affectionately known as “Grandma” and was the GREATEST GRANDMA of all times. She did not play about her grandkids, Jaylen, Little David and Karmen; and was their biggest supporter and taxi driver. Grandma went to doctor’s appointments and all of the soccer, baseball, basketball games and dance performances. She kept them fed and clothed and did whatever she had to do to make sure her grandchildren did not miss anything. Even as they have grown and her health was failing, she did not stop being Grandma. She would call them at any time she felt the need to check on them. She also loved her devoted husband David, her hard-working daughter Sharon and her family dearly. She was fun-loving with an added sense of humor at times and adding a touch of fashion and style when dressing herself and Sharon for Church was a joy for her. Football season was her favorite season of the year. Ella loved watching football. Although she did not have a favorite team she would watch various football games and could tell you what happened in all of them. She also watched Judge Judy and the news and would often call her family and tell them of the daily news and weather reports. During the holiday season, Ella loved to bake sweet potato and pecan pies for her family. Ella was proceeded in death by her father and mother, John D. Bell, Sr. and Mary Taylor Bell; sisters, Rosetta Bell Lewis, Mary Bell Poole and Catherine Bell Davis; brothers, John D. Bell, Jr. and Joe Henry Bell. Ella leaves to cherish her memories, her loving husband and caretaker, David; daughter, Sharon, grandchildren, Michael Jaylen, David Jordan, and Karmen Michele Rountree; Son-In-law, Michael Rountree; sisters, Caldoria Bell Drake, Jada Bell and Johnetta Bell Johns; Brothers, Larry and Elijah Bell; Sister-In-Law, Bettye Kelly (Nathan); Brother-In-Laws Charles R. Lewis, Kenneth A. Davis, Jerry Lewis (Lucille), Ronald Lewis (Albertene), Joseph Lewis (Karen); Godchildren, Erica Davis Stewart and Marcus Evans and a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, cousins, other daughters, family, church family and friends.
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