Ella Mae Mulhollan Brochey, age 88, joined Jesus, her Lord and Savior, and her beloved husband, Raymond Edward Brochey, on Saturday, June 16, 2018.
She was born in Sykesville, Pa., on Nov. 10, 1929, to the late Harry and Frances Mae (Troutman) Mulhollan, the eldest of five siblings and two step-siblings.
In addition to her parents, Ella Mae was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Raymond, after 63 ½ years of marriage; her stepmother, Martha Mulhollan; a sister, Harriet Verbeke; two brothers, John Edward and James Dale Mulhollan; a stepbrother, Harry “Hank” Mulhollan Jr.; seven brothers-in-law, Jack Brochey, Ronald Brochey, Floyd Brochey, John Russell Sr., Harry Emory, Charles Gillette and Fred Verbeke; four sisters-in-law: Dorothy Yohe (Bud), Betty Haines (Dick), Faye Hicks (Lester) and Patricia Mulhollan; one great-grandson, Chase Hollingsworth; four nephews, Robert Hicks, Daniel Brochey, John Russell Jr. and Jerry Russell and four nieces, Debbie Spitz, Elaine Cunningham, Cindy Brochey and Joanne Guiher.
Survivors include her three daughters, Cathy Markham (David), Carol Mills and Connie Muck (Edward); eight grandchildren, Michelle Leone (Scott), Michael Mills, Jennifer Keene (John), Jeremy Markham (Cheri), Patricia Olsen-Duckett, Jeffrey Markham (Ann), Sarah Krukowski (Michael) and Juliana Hamilton (Pete); 17 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Arlene Gillette and Dolores Heitzenrater (Donald); one stepsister, Donna Pearce; five sisters-in-law, Elaine Russell, Mona Brochey, Joan Brochey, Esther Emory and Fran Rentovich (John); and numerous nieces and nephews.
Ella Mae epitomized the Proverbs 31 woman. She devoted her life to caring for her husband and daughters, working beside her husband (when they lived on the farm) and later as they built their own home. In addition, she also worked at a variety of jobs in for local businesses including Bryd Plastics, Erie Resistor, Grants Department Store and the Lerner Shop. In 1979, she retired from Momeyer’s Insurance Co. after 14 ½ years of service as a secretary.
Ella Mae enjoyed canning, baking, cake decorating and sewing clothes for not only her daughters, but for their dolls as well. She doted on her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her home was always open to family and friends. She delighted in feeding all who entered. In her later years, she made and donated “dozens” of pillowcases to SafeNet and City Mission. She was obedient in serving her Lord.
Both Ella Mae and Raymond opened the doors of their home for the early development of Christian Life Church where she served in many capacities — elder of the church, secretary for Christian Life Campus, sang in the choir and weekly decorated the sanctuary. She led and taught the Daisy’s youth group at Erie Assembly of God and later in her own home, providing the girls with transportation to and from her home. She was a diligent seeker of the Word of God and faithfully prayed for the needs of others.
A special thanks to the girls who adopted Mom into your hearts as you took care of her. She loved you and thought of you as part of her family.
Earth’s loss is heaven’s gain.
Services were under the arrangements of Dusckas-Taylor Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., 5151 Buffalo Road.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to VNA Hospice of Erie County, 2253 W. Grandview Blvd., Erie, PA 16506; or to Alzheimer’s Assoc. Greater PA Chapter, 1600 Peninsula Dr., Ste. 15, Erie, PA 16505.
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