Born June 3, 1938 in Cades, South Carolina to Roxie and Jeff Epps, Ella
Mae Epps was clothed in her heavenly garment on February 11,2021 after
a resilint battle with pneumonia at the age of 82.
Educated in the Williamsburg County Public School system, Ella earned
her High School Diploma. Her career began as a homemaker, afterwards
gaining positions with Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester Instruments,
finally retiring from Rochester Products after thirty-one years of service.
Romanced by James (Joe) Edward Mitchum, Ella waited for her intended in
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania until he secured employment and residence for
them in Rochester, New York where they married in February, 1958. From
this union four children were born; Gwenevere Mitchum, Valerie Mitchum,
James Edward Mitchum, Jr., and Wanda Mitchum Blount. Ella married her
second husband, James Jefferson in 1987.
Ella was a cheerful and outgoing spirit. Drawn by the mission and kindness
under the leadership of Pastor Murphy Greer, she joined Aenon Missionary
Baptist Church to which she remained a faithful member under Reverend
Dr. Jonathan J.H. McReynolds. Ella’s service extended to the Usher Board
and Hospitality departments. She was also an active member of the
Sophisticated Ladies Red Hats Society, The Senior Group at Montgomery
Center and the Great Lakes Usher Board. Traveling extensively with her
“sisterhood,” Ella enjoyed witnessing the inauguration of President Barack
Obama, along with a variety of excursions, cruises, and sand-colored
Preceded in death by, her mother Roxie, Father Jeff, Ex-Husband James
(Joe), Ex-husband James. Ella leaves to cherish three daughters,
Gwenevere Mitchum, Valerie Mitchum (Robert;divorced), Wanda Mitchum
Blount (Lawrence), one son, James Edward Mitchum, Jr. (Stephanie), five
grandsons, Damon G. Mitchum(Jessica), Robert J. Williams, Jr., Jamel S.
Mitchum (Jenny), Jarvis T. Mitchum (Brittani), Nigel E. Williams, one
granddaughter, Kiandra D. Mitchum; and a host of in-laws, relatives and
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