Passed away September 11, 2021 Ella Ruth Lane Hoyles LeDrew at the Carmelite House, Grand Falls-Windsor. She was 78 years of age. Predeceased by husband Harry, parents Trixie and Jake Hoyles, parents-in-law Arthur and Rita LeDrew; son-in-law Peter Shea; siblings Dorcas (Otto) Holloway, John and Eileen Hoyles, Len (Edna) Hoyles, Gerald (Ruby) Hoyles, Junior Hoyles, siblings-in-law; Hubert (Ruby) LeDrew, Dorothy (Austin) Boyd, Edith Thompson, Pleaman (Pauline) LeDrew, Alma Bailey, Alan Kenny, Lester (Brenda) LeDrew and Jake Bryant. Left to mourn are sons Dean (Lisa) LeDrew, Cory (Shivawn) LeDrew; daughters Michele (Tony) Champion, Pamela Shea, and Carmel (Jeff) Rowsell. Also leaving to mourn brothers-in-law Norman (Theresa), Melvin (Linda), Ralph Bailey and John Thompson; sisters Jean (Jim), Joy (Ross), Evelyn; sisters-in-law; Lorraine and Marilyn and brothers Baxter (Verna), Ralph (Ange), Wayne (Beverly), Junior Jake (Lorna), 11 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and a circle of other relatives and friends.
Ella was born in St. John’s on May 22, 1943 and grew up in Deer Lake, until she met and married “the most handsome man she had ever laid eyes on” Harry LeDrew. They raised their family of five in Bishop’s Falls surrounded by their large and loving extended family. She put her children above all else, always instilling the importance of being honest. Cooking and taking care of her family brought her so much joy and if you ask any of her children they would say she was the best cook and her bread was perfect every time. She ran out of hiding places for her lemon meringue pie. Ella loved the finer things in life – chocolate, black licorice and black and white movies were some of her favorite things. She had a great love for music. She enjoyed dancing the Waltz and could often be heard singing songs or humming a tune. Her love for travel was quite evident in the postcards she would send and the stories and experiences she would share with family and friends. Ella was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in the early 90’s. From that time on she devoted much of her life to the volunteer work of teaching others about the good news of God’s Kingdom found in the Bible. In doing so, she created many lifelong friendships who would describe her as a very special, spiritual person. Ella had a strong faith in the hope God promises in the Bible, which describes a resurrection of the dead John 5:28-29. It is the same hope open to all. We hope to see her once again in the near future.
Robert Cannon will conduct a zoom memorial service (meeting ID:82610615129 Password: ella2021on September 25th at 2 PM. Presentation slideshow at 1:30 PM.