Ella Joanne (Leak) Grayson

Ella Joanne Grayson, 72, of the Washington County Home, passed away Wednesday (Aug. 28, 2013) at 2:13 p.m. in Marietta Memorial Hospital. She was born on Sept. 26, 1940, to Julius and Irene Leak. On Sept. 26, 1956, she married Charles Raymond Grayson.

Ella is survived by three daughters and two sons; Debbie (Chris) Kephart, Gina Weinstock, Stephanie (David) Townsend, Charles Alan (Barb) Grayson, and Sandy Grayson (friend, Tanya Sparks). She also has four grandchildren; Nathan (Buffy) Kephart, Chastity (Ben) Lang, Erica Weinstock, and Sommer Kephart as well as three step-grandchildren, Carey (Phil) McGraw, Jon (Jess) Townsend, and Marc Townsend. Ella also has 14 great-grandchildren and two nieces and one nephew.

Ella was very close to her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, and watching the birds outside the window. Some of her cooking specialties were cinnamon rolls, hot rolls, and chicken and noodles (just to name a few) that were all made from scratch. Her grandchildren would tell you, no one could ever compare to grandma’s home cooking!! Ella also loved to tell all of her childhood stories about growing up and things that she use to do as a kid, that usually ended up in some sort of laughter. She was always very strong, opinionated, happy woman and full of lots of love and her memory will never ever be forgotten.

Ella was preceded in death by her parents (Julius and Irene Leak), two brothers (Harold and Gary Leak), husband (Charles Grayson), and grandson (Chance Grayson).

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2013, at l:00 p.m. at McClure-Schafer-Lankford Funeral home in Marietta with Pastor Don Kirby officiating. Burial will be in Tunnel Cemetery after the services. Family and friends may call at the funeral home from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today. Saturday night there will be a small gathering for all family and friends at Nathan (Buffy) Kephart’s home in Oak Grove. Messages of sympathy can also be sent online at www.lankfordfh.com.