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Ella M. Semple

September 3, 1924 — April 13, 2014

OBITUARY Ella Mildred Semple Ella Mildred (Hempel) Semple, fondly known as "Millicent" went to her heavenly home on Palm Sunday, April 13th, 2014. Millicent had been a resident of Cranford since 1955. Millicent was born in Linden, New Jersey on September 3, 1924, the 7th of 8 children born to August and Bertha (Berwing) Hempel. She was predeceased by her Parents, Brothers: Oscar, Charles, August, Otto and Emil, Sisters: Martha and Edith, Infant Daughter, Amy Susannah Louise, and Grandson, Charles Bryan Semple. Millicent is survived by her Husband of almost 62 years, Edward L. Semple, Jr., Children: Georgiann S. Hopkins (Michael), Charles E. (Barbara), August K. (Susan) and Holly (Han Sook) Chisholm (Thomas), Seven Grandchildren: Daniel W. Semple (Andrea), Jeremy M. Hopkins, Amy B. Semple, A. Karl Semple, Katherine L. Semple, Bryan C. Semple, and Abigail G. Semple, and Three Great-Grandchildren: Landon D. Semple, Audrey M. Semple-Breslin, and Tyler W. Semple, and several dearly loved Nieces and Nephews. Millicent attended Linden High School. During World War II, she worked for General Motors in Linden as a "Rosie the Riveter". She met Edward in Miami, Florida while vacationing with her Sister, Edith and they were married on August 2, 1952. As a member of the meatcutters, Millicent worked in the A&P in Westfield up until the birth of her first child. She left her work outside the home to raise her family. Her home was a nurturing, fun-loving place. Once her children were grown, Millicent worked as a "companion" to several ladies in the Cranford Community. Millicent was an animal-lover. She was a member of Evangel Church in Scotch Plains for many years. Her involvement included the "Golden Lights" Choir and the "Young at Heart" group. A Life Celebration for Millicent will be held at Gray Memorial Funeral Home, 12 Springfield Avenue, Cranford on Monday, April 21st at Noon. Family and Friends may call from 10AM until the time of the service. Go to grayfuneralhomes.com for on line condolences. Interment will follow at Rosedale Cemetery, Linden Avenue, Linden. At the donor's choice, contributions may be made in Millicent's Memory to Evangel Church - Missions Fund, 1251 Terrill Road, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076 or the Animal Welfare Association, 509 Centennial Blvd., Voorhees, NJ 08043 (www.awanj.org).
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