Ella May Colbert

Date of Passing:

February 19, 2022

Ella May Colbert, 100, of Majestic Avenue, Warwick, passed away peacefully on Saturday morning, February 19, 2022 at home surrounded by her loving and devoted family.

Born on September 10, 1921 in Culpeper, Virginia, a daughter of the late William R. and Emma Lee (Bryant) Colbert. Ella moved to Westerly, Rhode Island with her family where they were active members of Pleasant St Baptist Church and where she also grew up and attended Westerly High School.

In her earlier years Ella worked as a housekeeper and nanny in New York. She retired in 1983 from Sardelli Jewelry, Providence.

Ella continued her faith journey by joining Roger Williams Baptist church in Providence where she was a camp counselor at Camp Canonicus, she also assisted in leading a girls volunteer group called “The Gild Girls” that served and filled the needs in the community upon the dissolve of that congregation she became an active member of Ebenezer Baptist church in providence where she was a Sunday school teacher and a longtime member of the singing group Celestial Chorus. In later years she became a member of Christ Community church, where she served in the children’s ministry for several years. Ella took pride in her church and loved to drop pearls of wisdom along the way to everyone. She had a great love for everybody in the church and considered them her extended family, who affectionately called her “Ma” and would make her face light up!

Ella was a “Prayer Warrior” for her family and others in need of prayer. She was known to have a prayer box which contained the names of those in need and their requests.

She enjoyed going to Flea markets, cooking, telling jokes, and bringing life and light to any gathering. One of her greatest passions was music, she loved jazz with a good saxophone solo.

Boy could she dance and draw a crowd!!! Another passion was Gospel music, She would sit and listen to various gospel artists after church service for a couple hours every Sunday. Although she never learned how to drive, friends and family could always count on getting a call from her with a daily report on the road and weather conditions. She would also remind everyone to spring ahead and fall back with the time change.

If she hasn’t heard from you in a day or two… She loved calling and leaving a quick encouraging message or just a “checking on you” call.

Ella was a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grand mother and great-great grandmother spanning 5 generations of “LOVE”. There was nothing she enjoyed more than spending time with her family.
She had a special relationship with each and every one of them, as well with Wayne Edmondson, Rosilyn Harris and Leo and Ive Mella, also affectionately known as her “Sons and Daughters” along with numerous others who were like her children.

Ella leaves to cherish her memory, and mourn her passing two daughters; Thomasina Colbert of Cranston, Karen Lee Colbert of Warwick, three grandchildren, Steven Neely (wife Victoria) of Shelby Township, Michigan, Terrell Colbert of Pawtucket, RI and Brandi Colbert of Cranston, RI, three great grandchildren, Kordell Neely of Wayne county Michigan, Ashley Colbert and Paris Colbert both of Cranston, RI one great-great grandson, Amir Carter Colbert-Sherrod of Cranston, RI six nephews, Scott (wife Evelyn) of Providence, RI Brian of Worcester, MA , James of Boston, MA, Barry of Cranston, RI, four nieces , Crystal Williams (husband Dwight) of East Hartford, CT, Tara Hall (husband Randy) of Norwich, CT, Michelle Jennings of Providence, RI, along with a host of other loving relatives and friends.

She was the mother of the late Willia L. Wilson, She was the sister of the late James Colbert, Earl Colbert, Russell Colbert, Donald Colbert, Clara Colbert and Willie Wilson.
She was the Aunt of the late Roger Colbert, Charlesmarie Colbert and Thomas Colbert.

Due to the impending snow storm Her Funeral arrangements have been changed.

Her Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, February 26, 2022 in the Christ Community Church, 224 Woodward Rd, Providence at 10:30 A.M. Burial will follow in North Burial Ground Cemetery, Branch Avenue, Providence. Visitation from 9 A.M. – 10:30 A.M. prior to service.

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  1. Its been over 2 years and I still can’t believe you’re gone. RIP Auntie.

  2. Thomasina and Karen,
    My deepest sympathy regarding your beloved Mom, Ms. Ella.
    Prayers for God’s comfort, peace, strength, grace to both of you and the rest of your family.
    I remember Ms. Ella greeting me at the R.I. Church of Christ with her joy, friendliness, love of life. She was very uplifting. What a beautiful lady and sister!
    Love and Peace

  3. Our deepest sympathy. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. To Thomasina and Karen I send you my condolences and prayers for the passing of your Mom.

    Aunt Ella will truly be missed at all the Family functions in Connecticut.
    She was a women with a lot of wisdom and knowledge. I will miss the conversations with her along with the smile she gave when she saw you.
    I will miss her always asking me how I am doing with so much sincerity in her voice.

    Aunt Ella! Love you Girl…❤️

    With a heavy heart. I love you all Colbert Family.
    God bless you all and peace be with you.

    Love Yolanda Mendes-McNeil

  5. With deepest sympathy.

    Dianne Becton and Rhea Turner

  6. My condolences to the Colbert family. RIP

  7. Praying that you feel God’s comfort in this sad time of loss.
    Ma will be forever remembered, cherished and loved!

  8. She will be truly missed So Grateful to have had her in my life Until we meet again?


  10. To my dear friend Karen & Thomasina and the entire Colbert Family.

    We in Hartford Ct. sending our deepest sympathy to the Family.

    We will truly miss her, thank you for making her apart of our life.

    She is a shining star in the middle of night and she will glow forever in our hearts.

    May God Bless You All

  11. Karen so sorry to about mom passing away

  12. To my dear cousins Thomasina and Karen and to the entire nuclear and extended Colbert family,
    Aunty Ella was certainly a bright light that could dispel the darkness in any critical moment our family has been through. Her smiles, kind words and manners, certainly has been a stellar example to our family. She showed us how to be more like Christ. She loved us all showing us the love of God.
    Sending much love and even the more praying,
    God of All Comfort please give us great grace and great mercy.
    Heal us O Lord. Let Your presence surround us; and draw us closer to You as we honor, mourn, and miss our loved one whoYou have called home.
    In Jesus’ name. Amen??

  13. Where happy little blue birds fly beyond the rainbow she has flown to walk into her family and friends arms. A playful soul, so full of love and laughter. May she be at peace forever. Love you aunt Ella ?
    Karen we have our mothers spirit to guide us through life, I call on aunt Dot daily. Love and hugs.

  14. Cousin Karen & family my deepest condolences on the loss of your mom & my aunt, who’s memories of love & kindness lives on in my heart. Her smile is something I will hold dear within. She will always be a treasure.

  15. To my dear friend Karen & the entire Colbert Family, We are sending our deepest condolences for the loss of sweet Ella May. Ella May lit up a room with her smile, and it was such a joy to be in her presence.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very difficult time.
    Our deepest sympathy.

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