Ella Louise Perry, a retired Erie County worker and an active churchwoman, died Saturday in Buffalo General Hospital after a lengthy illness. She was 72.
Born in Elm City, N.C., the former Ella L. Vaughan, attended Hutchinson-Central High School and worked several years as a health aide for Erie County, retiring from Jesse Nash Health Center in 2001.
A member of St. John Baptist Church, Mrs. Perry was active in the gospel chorus for more than 50 years.
Her husband, Jesse R., died in 1997.
Survivors include a daughter, Dr. Jesslyn; two sons, Lamont and Joseph; and a brother, William Vaughan Jr.
Services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday in St. John Baptist Church, 184 Goodell St.. with a wake at 10.