Ella Rene Terrell was born December 3rd 1920 in Muskogee Oklahoma. She was the seventh child born to Willie and Samella Brewster. All of whom preceded her in death.
At an early age she accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior and was baptized in a small Missionary Baptist Church in Muskogee, Oklahoma. She was to later join her husband’s family in being baptized as a Primitive Baptist member.
Ella was a graduate of Middle School in her early teens. Upon moving to California she continued her education at a high school in Madera. Unfortunately she was unable to graduate due to her need to work to help support the family. She later attended Merritt College where she majored in upholstery.
Ella was an avid reader of the Vallejo Times Herald. You were not to disturb her until she read every inch of that paper. Although never a political person, she would get fired up about articles that concerned the City of Vallejo.
Upon moving to California, Ella met and married James E. Terrell. To this union eight children were born. They both worked tirelessly to establish a loving and stable environment for their children.
During World War II both Ella and James worked at the Mare Island shipyard. While working at the shipyard, Ellarene was quickly noticed by the supervisors just how well she picked up the electrical job. Ella was then made the lead technician for the duration of her time at the shipyard.
Affectionately known as Aunt El to all her nieces and nephews, she always had an open door to her home. She loved being a homemaker. Her pies were always a hit at family gatherings. Her recipes were all in her head, sometimes I think she would leave out a small ingredient so they could not be copied. She could make any kind of cobbler fruit or vegetable.
Ella always had some fix it project going on in the house. She would install windows, fix plumbing and if you weren’t careful an entrance way would be changed and a new door installed. She loved to sew. Not only would she make dresses and gowns for daughters, she took great pleasure in making dresses for others. The quilting stitches she made looked more like machine stitches than done by hand. Ella always had to be busy. She loved tending her roses and she loved piddling in her garden. Every afternoon you would find her and my Dad watching the stories. As the World Turns and General Hospital were their favorites.
Ella leaves to mourn her children. James E. Terrell Jr of Sacramento, Kareem Muhammed of Vallejo, Earlean Todd of Sacramento, Hewey Terrell of Los Angeles , Lonnie Terrell (Paulette) of Sacramento, Juanelda Jesssie (Lozzie) of San Jose. Fifteen grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, 6 great great grandchildren. Two sisters-in-law Marie Terrell, Arletha Johnson and a long time family friend Lucy Higgs and a host of nieces and nephews.
g time family friend Lucy Higgs and a host of nieces and nephews.