Ella Lilley, 79, of Lufkin, was born November 25, 1928, the daughter of the late Lenora (Butler) and Charles Edward Ray, Sr. She passed away Tuesday, January 15, 2008, in a local hospital.
Mrs. Lilley was a homemaker and a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She enjoyed playing bingo, was a big sports fan and an avid reader. She was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary.
Survivors include her son, Floyd Lilley of Lufkin; sons and daughters-in-law, Walter and Patricia Lilley and Maxie and Jackie Lilley, all of Lufkin; daughter and son-in-law, Phyllis and Jim Stone of Houston; daughter-in-law, Judy Lilley of Lufkin; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; sister, Necil Holsomback of North Richland Hills; brother, Wilbur Ray of Temple; and a number of nieces, nephews and other family members.
Mrs. Lilley was preceded in death by her husband, Wood Lilley; son, Wilbur Lilley; daughter, Betty Harrell; and son, Richard Lilley.
Pallbearers will be Travis Lilley, Joseph Lilley, Justin Lilley, Jason Lilley, Bobby Ray and Randy Ray.
Expressions of sympathy in Mrs. Lilley's name to Hospice in the Pines, 116 S. Raguet, Lufkin, Texas 75904.
Services for 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 18, 2008, in the Gipson Funeral Home Chapel, with Elton Musick officiating. Graveside services will follow at 1:30 p.m. Friday in the Campground Cemetery in Woodville.
Friends are invited to visit with the family from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday evening at Gipson Funeral Home.