January 13, 1950 - May 21, 2021

Ella Jean Forbes Loolam was a phenomenal Mother, Grandmother. Sister, Aunt and friend. She left this world suddenly at the age of 71 on the morning of May 21, 2021. God knew best it was time for her to rest. She was born to Ralph and Elizabeth Turner on January 13 1950 in Ellaville Georgia. Ella moved to St Albans Queens NY with her parents and siblings in 1956. She attended P.S 15, P.S 45... Schimer Middle School and graduated from Andrew Jackson High School in 1968. She attended Manhattan Community College and received her Associates’s Degree. She attended York College and was 19 credits away from receiving her bachelors degree. Ella worked as a ParaProfessional at P. S 45 in Queens from 1985 until she retired in 2010.  She truly enjoyed teaching and nurturing the young minds through out the years. She worked hard to make sure the children had the best nurturing environment to grow and be successful. On September 3rd 1977 she married Raymond Forbes. From this union their first daughter was born in 1978 Sholonda Forbes-williams. The following year in 1979 was the birth of their baby girl Tesha Forbes. In January 2008, she didn’t hesitate to tell anyone who would listen that she became a grandmother when her only grand child Anthony Ireland was born. Ella was a devoted member of Carter’s Community A.M.E church in Jamaica Queens for over 40 years. She served on the usher board and assisted with children activities throughout the years. Ella enjoyed drawing, creative designing and watching her soap operas. Cooking was her passion. Although she hasn’t cooked in 9 1/2 years due to having a stroke. She would dictate exactly how she wanted her food cooked from the comfort of her recliner chair. She would  definitely tell you if it wasn’t to her liking. Ella was loyal to her family and friends. She enjoyed speaking to them and spending quality time with them. She was a selfless person. She would give to anyone in need. Ella devoted her life to her children. Her number one hobby and greatest passion was calling them 50 times a day.. literally. She never ceased to inspire...motivate and encourage them daily. They were more than her daughters. They were her best friend. She is survived by her Daughters- Sholonda Forbes-Williams and Tesha Forbes; Grandson- Anthony Ireland; Son n Law - Walter Williams III; Step Children Jemaine Alamo Forbes and Sharon Alamo Forbes Marable;  Devoted Raymond Forbes; Sisters- Jeanette Richardson, Jacqueline Turner; Brother-Ricky Turner; Nephew Eric Richardson, Nieces Christine Baker, Ashley Turner, Jennifer Turner; Sister n Law Sandra Turner and Nephew n Law Wayne Baker and a host of loving family and friends.

Reposing at the Fullerton Funeral Home, Inc., 769 Merrick Road, Baldwin, New York on Friday, May 28, 2021 from 5:00-9:00 p.m. Celebration of Life religious service on Saturday, May 29, 2021, 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment to follow at Pinelawn Memorial Park in Farmingdale, New York. fullertonfhny.com 

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Religious Service-Saturday, May 29, 2021 10:00 a.m.


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Posted by Sandra Williams on
My condolences and prayers to the family, aunt Ella was such a loving and caring person, who will truly be missed.
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