Ella had a big smile and her mom's strawberry-blond
hair. She loved playing with her two dogs, Jolie
and Pierre, and her cat Apple.
She lived in Northern California, near Sacramento.
her sly humor and physical size, Ella fit right
in with a family that loves socializing and
basketball. Ella was tall! By the time she was
two, Ella was in the 99th percentile of height
for her age group. Her size often tricked adults
and other children into speaking to her as if
she was older than she actually was.
From early on, Ella was
friendly to everyone, flashing smiles to passers-by
from the seat of a grocery cart or from her
stroller. She loved it if you would sing itsy-bitsy-spider
with her or mention Beebo,
the Baby Signs Bear.
She loved music, dance and
reading. Before she was diagnosed, she attended
a Waldorf daycare, where she had a reputation
as the child who would dance along to the singing
of the closing circle. Her favorite books were
Daddy Book by Todd Parr and a sing-along
Puppy by Sandra Boynton.
The terrible twos were worse
to Ella than she was to them; she showed remarkable
resilience and general good cheer in the face
of difficult times. So long as she could hug
her stuffed gosling, nothing was insurmountable.
Ella passed away on May
26, 2007. She will always be remembered and
loved by those who knew her, or who were inspired
by her story.
To learn more about
Ella and her family, visit her Memorial
Service page or view