Monday, November 5, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Ella Eliza Engle Gray

In a previous post, I introduced you to Sarah Amanda Waterman, my 2nd great- grandaunt, who lived to be 103 years old.  She was married to Richard Engle, a Civil War soldier.

Today, I’d like to introduce you to one of Sarah and Richard’s daughters, Ella Eliza Engle.

Ella Eliza Engle Gray
Photo Courtesy of Norma Gardiner

Ella was the first of seven children born to Sarah and Richard Engle.  She was born on June 16, 1858 in Plymouth, Ohio.  Ella married John O. Gray on April 7, 1880 in Blackhawk County, Iowa.  They were the parents of five children:
  1. Baby Boy – born in 1881
  2. Carl William Gray – (1883-1935)
  3. Earl Gray – (1883-before 1900)
  4. Mary Luella Gray – (1886-1969)
  5. Harold Edwin Gray – (1891-1973)
Ella’s death certificate states she was a retired school teacher.  And according to the obituary for her mother, Sarah, in the South Pasadena Review newspaper, Ella was also the principal of the Marengo School in South Pasadena.

Ella passed away on December 10, 1951 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California.  She was 93 years old at the time of her death.  Ella’s grave is located at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, California.

Ella Engle's Grave Marker

If you’d like to view Ella’s memorial page, just click HERE.

Thanks for reading!


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  1. Wasn't she pretty! A teacher AND principal -- good for her!

    1. Hi Wendy,

      She really was pretty, wasn't she?

      Thanks so much for stopping by! I really appreciate it.

  2. Not just pretty but a 'cool' hairstyle, too!

    1. Hi Debi,

      Wouldn't it be fun to see the back of her hair? It looks like there is a pretty comb and other adornments in her hair as well.

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

  3. She looks so thoughtful. As if she is focused on the middle distance, meditating. And her hair is so restrained and neat!

    1. Hi Mariann,

      You're right, she does. Hmm, I wonder what the occasion was for this photograph.

      Thanks very much for stopping by!




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