Ella M. (Smith) Efraimson

January 15th, 2021

Ella M. (Smith) Efraimson, “Puma”, age 89, a life-long resident of Wilmington, passed away surrounded by her loving family on January 13, 2021, at Woodhaven Senior Living after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Ella was born on October 28, 1931 in Wilmington, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late Lester H. Smith, Sr. and Thora F. (Christensen) Smith. Ella was raised in Wilmington, where she spent her entire life. She will be best known as “the kitchen lady”, where she worked for the Wilmington School System for 29 years.

In her free time, she loved to spend time with family and friends. She also loved to garden, go camping, and travel. Her greatest past time was sitting on the back porch with her husband Carl waving to everyone that went by.

Ella was the loving wife of the late Carl S. Efraimson, Sr. who passed away in 2005, devoted mother of Sheila Little & her husband Robert of Wilmington and Carl Efraimson, Jr. & his wife Jane of Burlington. Her pride and joy were her grandchildren: Bryan Little & his wife Shannon of Stoneham, Keith Little & his fiancée Amanda of Derry, NH, and Andrew Efraimson of Burlington.

Ella was the loving sister of Barbara Cleveland and Douglas Smith & his wife Bonny all of Wilmington, the late Lester Smith, Jr. & his wife Ellen of Wilmington, formerly of Sebastian, FL, the late Roland Smith & his wife Eleanor of Scituate and the late Shirley Boyer of PA. Ella is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Tuesday, January 19th from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. A Graveside Service will take place in Wildwood Cemetery, 233 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington on Wednesday, January 20th at 11:00 a.m. Masks are required in the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Ella’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452 or to Beacon Hospice, 290 Merrimack St., Suite 242, Lawrence, MA 01843.


10 Entries in Guest Book for “Ella M. (Smith) Efraimson”

  1. Cheryl Smith says:

    To Sheila and Carlie and family please accept my deepest condolences. To Auntie Ella We have missed you these last few years. Cookouts and Christmas Eve gatherings. I will remember the laughs when Uncle Carl would be “foolish” though you probably didn’t think it was funny. The time I asked you to knit Sam a blanket when she was little and a few days later I had a lovely green and purple blanket to match her room. May your suffering be over and you are at peace. We will miss you, we love you Auntie El.

  2. Anna & carolyn. Giannotti says:

    Carlie and Shelia
    So sorry about your mom
    My mom is very sorry we cant make the wake
    With covid we cant take the chance
    But will be thinking of you all
    Anna and carolyn giannotti
    All the good times my mom had with ella and mary s
    May they all meet again someday

  3. Bob & Joan LaGrega says:

    Sheila, Carl and family
    Please except our sincere condolences for your loss. Although we did not know Ella for very long, having my wife Joanie staying in the same family room with her at Wood Haven we did get to be very good friends with all of you and family members. You should have solace in that she is now resting peacefully.
    God bless
    Bob & Joan

  4. Sheryl Smith says:

    Sheila, Carl, and family, my sincere condolences at the loss of your mother. I have so many memories of Auntie Ella. I’ll never forget the first time I met her, in the cafeteria line in high school! I hope the memories you have hold tight in your heart.

  5. Linda Anderson says:

    Sheila, Carl and families, my thoughts and prayers are with you all. Ella was a wonderful lady. Whether she was my lunch lady at the North or the resident that I took care of for 3 years she did make me laugh! May she now Rest In Peace. Love, Linda

  6. Ram and Geetha Satyaprasad says:

    Carl and Jane Pl accept our sincere condolences on the passing away of Mrs Ella Efraimson. It doesnot matter how old the mother is . it is a big loss f. A mother is the one who provide d selfless service to the family.May her soul rest in peace.

  7. Linda (Efraimson) Stuart says:

    Dear Carlie, Sheila and families, please accept our heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your mom. I have so many fond memories of times that we shared. We often reminisce about our family trip to Hershey Park and the fun we had. I’ll always remember your mom and dad coming to visit us every Friday night for coffee and dessert. There were plenty of funny stories and much laughter. I’m sure your mom and dad are together again and I hope they’re visiting with my dad telling stories and laughing. Due to Covid we won’t be able to attend but please know we will keep Aunt Ella in our prayers. Love, Linda and Alan

  8. Murray Family says:

    So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family

  9. Bob Woods says:

    Sheila and Carl,I am very sorry for your loss.My thoughts and prayers are with you and Family,during this difficult time????

  10. Corcoran Family says:

    So sorry for your loss. She will be missed.

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