January 15, 1930 - August 30, 2019
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Isabella Ogilvie Crawford Wray Valma, 89, of Fairfield Township, Ohio went to be with our Lord on August 30, 2019. Born in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, she was the daughter of the late Samuel Emanuel Wray and Matilda Jane Buchanan Wray, and widow of Jesse V. Valma, Sr. Ella was an Irish girl through and through, with an accent that would bring a smile to your face. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, who was known as “Nanny” by all that loved her. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints – Ewa Beach 1st Ward, and so enjoyed visiting the Laie Hawaii Temple while living on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu, and researching ancestry records of church members, family and friends. She is survived by her daughter Lucy Riddlehoover and her husband Walter of Fairfield Township, Ohio, and son William John Ippolito and his wife Karen of Virginia Beach, Virginia; her granddaughter Misty Oldfield and her husband Timothy of Liberty Township, Ohio; her great-grandchildren Ethan, Rylee, Ben and Hope Oldfield; and her sister Muriel Corbishley of Stafford, England. The family will receive friends at the Hodapp Funeral Home, 8815 Cincinnati Columbus Rd, West Chester Township, OH 45069 on Friday, September 13, 2019 from 6:00-7:00 PM, with a memorial service at 7:00 PM. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the The Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Cincinnati Chapter or online at www.alz.org. A gentle and kind woman, Nanny will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
Angel - Sep 15, 2019
I shared a special moment with my Aunt Ella that I would like to share. She was my Mother’s ( Lena ) older sister and they had a sibling reunion here in Charleston, SC in 2005. 4 siblings that hadn’t been all together in many years regressed to teenagers as they giggled and hugged and laughed at each other and with each other. Bobbie, Ella, Muriel, and my Mum Lena were home when they were together.
One day Aunt Ella pulled me into my Mums dining room and hugged me as she told me that she truly saw a special relationship between me and Mum. Her eyes sparkled and her hug transferred a sense of love and appreciation that Irish families share no matter the distance and no matter the time apart.
She was a joy to behold and as my sisters and Papa (Rod) witnessed the magic of this sibling reunion, I will always remember that tender hug. She loved dolls, loved family, and genuinely loved her faith in God. I will treasure these memories. I am proud to have had the opportunity to spend some time with her and it is an honor to call her family. God Bless you Ella and the family here on earth knows we have a collection of Angels in Heaven guiding our paths.
We have always been taught that Ireland is a little bit of Heaven here on earth but I believe God took a little bit of Ireland with you when he took you home. I love you Ella. Try not to get into too much trouble laughing too loudly now that you are reunited with Grannie and Mum and Bobbie and the entire Buchanan Clan. That is the sight I choose to see when I think of you. Sláinte
Rod Knapp - Sep 13, 2019
One more angel joins the chorus. Ella joins Betty and Bobby and Jackie and Lena and Mum. She was a joy to know and love. Sing it, Darlin'. The Knapps in SC are missing you today.