Ella Mae Wright was born in LaGrange, Texas on April 1, 1927 to the late Carrie Wolford and Hardy Grounds. She had one brother, Arline Thompson (“Uncle Buck”) who preceded her in death. Her loving spouse, William Franklin Wright also preceded her in death. She accepted Christ and was baptized at an early age. She attended school in LaGrange, Texas, and then pursued a career in housekeeping. She worked with several families before retiring. She was a member of Prince of Peace Baptist Church where she served faithfully, until her health no longer allowed her to attend services. Ella Mae will be deeply missed by her family and friends. She leaves to cherish her memory son; Jerry Joe Shirley, grandchildren; Tina Arnold (Alvin), Tammy Jenkins, Tosha Shirley, Todd Shirley (Sonia), Troynel Williams (Kendra), and Tyreil Shirley, Great grandchildren; Marvin Shirley, Maurice Shirley (Ebony), Mitranique Shirley, Shartez Shirley, Sershun Shirley, and Shustin Shirley, Nieces; Ella Lorraine Thompson, Robin Thompson-Monroe, and Gloria Clark, nephew; Bruce Brown, great nephew; Willie Thompson, great nieces; Melody Thompson and Lauren Thompson, and a host of extended grandchildren, great grandchildren, family, and close friends.

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