BYRON – Ella R. Mailand, 70, of Byron, died Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, at Serenity Hospice & Home in Oregon.
She was born April 8, 1943, in Joliet, the daughter of Josiah and Margaret (Jones) Watson. She married Earle Mailand on Sept. 8, 1962, in Joliet. Ella was a member of Court Street United Methodist Church in Rockford. She worked as a real estate agent for Whitehead Reality in the Byron office. She taught piano for many years, and was a member of the trips committee at Rock Valley College. In her spare time, Ella enjoyed quilting, and gardening all that was green.
She is survived by her husband, Earle of Byron; daughters, Libby (Randall) Wilson of St. Peters, Mo., Leah (Doug) Fletcher of El Paso, Ill., and Lindy (David) Meyer of Marseilles; grandchildren, Alicia (Jeff) Kremer, Abby Wilson, Jeffrey Fletcher, and Emily Fletcher; and sisters, Frances (John) Mikelsen of Banks, Ore., Esther Nichols of Beaverton, Ore., Anne Furtick of Shawsville, Va., Ruth Watson of New York, and Marguerite Sharp of Joliet.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and daughter, Lisa Dawn, in infancy.
The family would like to express their sincere thankfulness for the care provided by the staff of Serenity Hospice & Home, and of Ella’s caregiver, Rebecca Wells.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 506 W. Merchant St., Byron. Visitation also will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and the funeral at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Court Street United Methodist Church, 215 N. Court St, Rockford, with the Rev. Calvin Culpepper officiating. Burial will be at Byron Cemetery.
Memorials have been established to Serenity Hospice & Home and Court Street United Methodist Church.
Visit www.farrellhollandgale.com to send condolences.