Ella Emma Beighley, 94, passed away on November 30, 2020 from COVID-19 in Syracuse, NY. Ella was born in Utica, NY on March 8, 1926 to Elmer Cook and Helen Bishop. Ella leaves this world a beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She lived the ideals of the Greatest Generation, always giving first and her best to her family. There are few words to express how selfless Ella was – always caring for others and tending to their needs over her own. She was deeply loved and will be greatly missed.
Ella married Joseph Beighley (d. 1975) on February 10, 1945, just before he was honorably discharged from the army in March of the same year after serving in the Pacific during WWII. The couple had five children, Mary (Edward Bickford), Noreen (d. Ray Lallo), Carla (Anthony Fasolo), Jan (Cathy) and Joel (Dawn). Ella is survived by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Ella loved to take walks, walking several miles a day. She enjoyed crochet, baking, and gardening – she was a real DIYer. She was also an avid consumer of murder mystery books, television shows, and movies – she always had a good book either in hand or on her iPad. She worked in a number of areas, but loved most working for the Mid-York Library System in Utica and at Hannaford’s, a grocery store in New Hartford. She retired at the age of 78 to move to Portsmouth, Virginia and then to Syracuse, NY to become the caregiver for her great-grandchildren, Emily and Abby. She also lived in Denver, Colorado for 6 months to care for her great-grandson, Jack. She loved family trips that took her to Oregon, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Florida, and Massachusetts.
Services will be private.
Donations may be made in Ella’s memory to the Loretto Foundation to support resident activities or to Mid-York Library System.