Ella Mae James


Wells, Vermont – Ella Mae James, 79, passed away on Monday, Aug. 15, 2022, following a long illness.

Ella was born on April 4, 1943, in Wells, Vermont, the daughter of the late Fred and Harriet (Whitney) Martelle Sr.

Ella was an extremely hard-working woman whose hands were rarely idle. Throughout her working years she was a waitress, and she worked for many years at Sherwood Medical in Argyle. She enjoyed the friendships she made there. Those were everlasting ties as she continued to enjoy going to lunch with them weekly.

She loved gardening, sewing and baking. Ella loved spending time with her family. It was a well-known fact that if you needed her, she would always be there, no matter what she had going on in her life. Her heart was made of gold.

Ella was predeceased by her parents; her siblings Rena Tardie, Kate Hadaway, Fred Jr., Bea Durram, Thelma Hayes, Phillip, Robert and Ernest Martelle, Vera Kelley and Morris; and a son Terry.

Ella is survived by her husband of 61 years, Lavern James Sr., and her sons Lavern James Jr. (Emma), Barry James and Brian James (Jen). She was blessed with many grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Deborah (Keith), Stephanie, Ricky, Kristina, Derek (Amber), Tonee, Tosha, Bridget, Faith, Hanna, Shawn, Rhiannon, Shara Rae, Brian Jr. and Colby, as well as several nieces and nephews. She also is survived by her only living sibling Shirley Gould (Clarence).

A graveside funeral will be held on Thursday, Aug. 25, at 11 a.m. at the Wells Village Cemetery. Friends may call on Wednesday, Aug. 24, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Robert M. King Funeral Home, 23 Church St., Granville, New York. Online condolences may be made at robertmkingfuneralhome.com.