It is with sadness and much love that we share the news of Ella’s passing on April 22, 2023.
Ella was born on September 28, 1931 in London, England, the daughter of Edith Beresford Rhodes and Alphenus Alexander McMillan Moll. As a baby, Ella was adopted into the family of her foster parents, Edith May Harfield and Albert Edward Currell, and brother, Edward (Ted) Leslie Currell who later married Rose South. Ella grew up in Brighton and was close in age to her foster cousin Gwen Harfield. Gwen and Ella’s lifelong relationship expanded to include Gwen’s husband, Aubrey Grey (Mickey) Smith and their daughter Elaine. Ella was extremely grateful to have such a wonderful family as her own.
Ella trained as an X-Ray Technician and worked at St. Thomas Hospital in London. She and her friend, Cynthia Garrett, immigrated to Canada in 1962. After a few years of working in Salmon Arm, Kelowna, and Revelstoke, Ella settled in Salmon Arm. She retired from the Shuswap Lake General Hospital X-Ray Department in 1996.
Ella loved to travel and visited the UK several times after moving to Canada. She completed an epic backpacking journey to Australia, New Zealand and southeast Asia in the late 1990s and went on many adventures in her camper van with her beloved dog Billo. In her later years, she travelled across Canada and made several trips to Victoria with Wells Gray Tours.
Ella also loved tennis, bridge, crossword puzzles, and gardening. She was a highly accomplished knitter and her beautiful sweaters and blankets, which she generously shared with family and friends, are treasured gifts that bring much warmth and comfort.
Ella is remembered by her UK family, Elaine Smith and brother Gary Smith, cousin Sarah Harfield, and Canadian cousin, Ron Wilson and his wife Ruth. She is also remembered by her dear friends Alison Stewart and Jasper Willisko (Kamloops, BC) and Jennifer Stewart and her family (Edmonton, AB).
Please join us to celebrate Ella's life at a memorial service at 11 am on Saturday May 27, 2023 at Bowers Funeral Home, 440 10th St. SW, Salmon Arm, BC.
Memorial donations to the Shuswap Hospital Foundation are most welcome and appreciated.