This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Ella Nolley, 62 years old, born on June 5, 1949, and passed away on July 13, 2011. We will remember her forever.
Posted by Atiba Johnson on June 5, 2021
Posted by Lynda Gates on June 18, 2019
Happy Heavenly Birthday, Girlfriend!!
Truly missed but forever loved, Ella
Posted by Atiba Johnson on June 5, 2017
Posted by Le Jon Lipscomb on July 14, 2016
Remembering you yesterday,as like so many days. Always giving yourself and asking for nothing in return. You're probably still trying to give in heaven,where everything is already perfect.Rest in peace you're
perpetually missed.

Posted by debbie kinslow on July 14, 2016
My dear sister,
This is day you left to be with the Lord. I still miss you and think of you constantly .

Love you
Posted by Lynda Gates on June 7, 2016
Forever missed but always carrying my memories in my heart! When the gates swing open for me to sit at the King' s Throne, I'll look forward to seeing you again, Ella. Keep walking around in heaven with that beautiful smile. Rest in Heaven, my friend.
Posted by Le Jon Lipscomb on June 6, 2016
Debi [Sis. Soul] and I thought of you on your birthday,but that is nothing new>we thought about you yesterday and days before that too. We think of you in silence and often shared our thoughts.All we have are memories and your picture in a frame. Many of your other friends express the same sentiments.your memory is a keepsake.From which we will never part.God has you in his arms and we have you in our hearts. You were a great friend and big sister. with a heart that gave unselfishly.What a gift you had to share. we all was so blessed by your present.We thank God that we were so fortunate. Yes gone too soon. amen
Posted by Dwayne Wells on June 6, 2016
As I write this my eyes fill with tears. Thank you ma for EVERYTHING you taught me over the years. I remember the exact day that God blessed me with you, your smile, your wisdom, and my 4 amazing brothers Atiba, Tundy, Dana, and Moe! I have NOTHING but fond memories of 385 and the studio that I lived in while I lived with you. During that time you taught me how to be a man, you help me with all the tough love to transition into the man I am today. You accepted me, encouraged, me, and love me as only you can. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you. I remember the day you purchased your Mercedes benz, you told me to ALWAYS reach for better, always strive to be better. I thank you for your support and being at just about EVERY concert I sung at while I was singing with the gospel choirs I sung with. And I remember sing at the McDonalds gospel fest and when we won, and they opened the curtain to announce we had won, of all the thousands of people there, I saw you, and the look of love and pride you had on our face. Ive said goodbye to your body, but I still speak to your spirit as it does me! I love you and miss you and all the wisdom you've shared with me ive passed down to my children. Rest Ma! You've so earned your wings!
Posted by Homa Smith on June 6, 2016
Ella,  Happy 67th Birthday my Sista/Friend. Each time I hear this song,
Gone to soon, it tugs at my hear. I know you are rejoicing in heaven.
Until we meet again,  RIP in our Lord's arms.
Posted by Atiba Johnson on June 5, 2016
Happy Birthday!!!! miss you..
Posted by debbie kinslow on September 22, 2015
Dear sister
I still miss you much.
Posted by Le Jon Lipscomb on July 13, 2015
On the anniversary of you going to Heaven. You're perpetually missed
and mention all the time in conversation with us. Absent from the body but present with the Lord. We thank God for the precious time we all had. You were the best to all of us,making us all feel that we were the NUMBER 1 friend. All the time we were all your favorite. What a good con.LOL Miss you here but glad you're in heaven and would't wish you back from there. So we will let the memories sustain us.I'll quote you. [MUCH LOVE} Le'Jon
Posted by janie cox on November 18, 2013
""♥†Sorry4ur loss...""
Posted by Le Jon Lipscomb on August 4, 2013
Sis.Ella, I met you at the church about 2003.from our first encounter I knew you were special.After talking to you as all will agree, a person would leave a better person then when they came.Sis.Soul [Debbie] and I speak of you constantly. You were a great friend big sister all in one.In this vast world of ours thanks for being a significant part of our lives.I will quote you [MUCH LOVE]
Posted by Rodney Pyles on July 21, 2013
Ella, not a day goes by without a kind thought or memory about your smile, laughter, thoughtfulness and consideration of others. Every person that met you was touch by a Angel. You are truly missed.
We are all glad to have shared special moments with you.
I know you are bringing joy to everyone in heaven.
Posted by JOYCE PERRY on November 3, 2012
im so sorry for your loss,i loss my mom in 1996 she was 62 from lung cancer,we will see them in Heaven.pepole tell me to move on, they don,t understand. God Bless.
Posted by debbie kinslow on August 11, 2012
My Sister,
  I am still missing you. so much I wish I could still share with you.
I still thank God for our time together.

love you
Posted by Lynda Gates on July 26, 2012
Beautiful Lady, on your anniversay of being "One of GOD's ANGELS", we are still Missing & Loving You! But Ella, we still carry you within our "Hearts".. as you were our blessing!
Posted by Daniel Callahan on September 1, 2011
Thank you for being in all of our lives. For loving and teaching and caring the way that you always did. Blessings to your family and all of us who miss you now.
Posted by Milan Wiley on August 25, 2011
Dear Ms. Ella,
Thank you for entrusting your home to youth ascending into adulthood, and for providing guidance for how to take care of one. Safe journey into the ancestral realm.
Posted by Jerri Clemons on August 8, 2011
To say she was like a aunt to me and my husband would be an understatement. Her knowledge of East Palo Alto and her common sense and fearlessness will always stay with us as we go through the rest of our lives. Rest well, Aunt Ella. We'll see you again. - Gary & Jerri
Posted by Homa Smith on July 23, 2011
Ella, Thank you for the many years good years of friendship, laughter and tears we shared. The one memory I hold dear is Thursday May 7, 1998, that day we knelt in your living as you redeciated your life back to Christ. I won't say goodbye, but I will see you in Heaven. Peaches

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Posted by Atiba Johnson on June 5, 2021
Posted by Lynda Gates on June 18, 2019
Happy Heavenly Birthday, Girlfriend!!
Truly missed but forever loved, Ella
Posted by Atiba Johnson on June 5, 2017
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Shared by Le Jon Lipscomb on June 5, 2019

It is said that God takes the sting away but the memory still remains. We mention you often and smile and Praise the wonderful person you were and the Angel you are now. I always saw that hallo above your head. Those we love are absent from the embrace of our arms but remain in our hearts.

Shared by Lynda Gates on August 26, 2011


1949 – 2011

Ella, our angel please know that some people pass through this world, and leave it just as they found it. But you took the time to do special things for others, the years between that dash (-) represents all the beautiful things you brought to our lives.

And I for one am so “Blessed” that you touched my life.

Thank you Ella, for all you did; I'm so glad some one like you could help me to get through it. I'll always think of you with a glad and grateful heart, for loving me and showing that you cared.

Thank you for hugging me in my time of despair.


Thank You Lord!

Sometimes, my way seemed low, and I couldn't see the road,

I asked the question, “Lord, Why so much pain?”

But, He knew what was best for me, more than my tired old

eyes could ever see. But I just said,

Thank You Lord, I Won't Complain!”

Now, as I am sitting here, where the streets are paved with

GOLD, where the CHOIR sings and LOVE just flows, I just


“Thank You Lord, I Don't Complain!”

There are friends up here who I have not seen in years,

No more pain to bear, not even one single care. All fears

have passed and I have my reward at last, I just say,

 “Thank You, Lord, FOR I Can't Complain!”

Rest In God's Paradise, Ella!

Loving You In The Spirit Always,

Lynda Gates

Chicago, Illinois


Shared by Jidenna Mobisson on August 25, 2011

Miss Ella,


You were our Auntie. We thank you for teaching us how to take care of a home. We appreciate your maternal care. You were much more than a landlady to us. You were a grandmother shaping us into young responsible men. We hope that your transition to the next world is smooth and tranquil.  Peace be with you, Miss Ella.

My Best Light,