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SOUTH DAYTON:  Ella Mae Saye, 91, of Main Street, South Dayton, died Saturday, November 18th, 2017, at UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital, Jamestown, following a short illness.  She was born in Duke Center, PA on January 8, 1926, the daughter of the late Roland and Alta (Stuart) Smith.

Mrs. Saye was a graduate of the former Otto Township School, Class of 1944, in Duke Center, PA and worked as a Baker for the former South Dayton Super Duper, for 12 years.  She opened the former Hilltop Restaurant in Dayton and raised her children on a dairy farm.

Mrs. Saye was a member of the South Dayton United Methodist Church, where in 2005, she was awarded the Laity Award for her unending work for the church, was also a member of the Order of Eastern Star, Forestville Chapter #247 and the South Dayton Fire Belles.  She was known for making cakes of all kinds, especially wedding cakes.  She liked embroidering & crocheting and giving them as gifts.  Mrs. Saye enjoyed her family, friends & home.

Survivors include three daughters, Susan (Eric) Saye-Johnson, of South Dayton; Lori (Francis) Petersen, of South Dayton; Lisa (Bruce) Ivett, of Hollywood, MD; two sons Charles (Janeen) Saye, of Hurt, VA; and Steven (Allie) Saye, of Dunkirk.  Also surviving are 18 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, 7 great-great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her 2nd husband Henry Stranz and 3 sisters Stella Carlson, Leah Kyser and Bessie Gulnac.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM, from where Funeral Services will be held Wednesday morning at 11 o’clock, with Rev. Carol Dill, pastor of the South Dayton United Methodist Church, officiating.  Interment will follow in Cherry Creek Central Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial donations may be made either to the South Dayton United Methodist Church, Pine Street, South Dayton, NY 14138 or Charity of one’s choice.  To post condolences go to  An Eastern Star Service will be conducted by members of Forestville Chapter #247 Tuesday evening at 6:30 in the funeral home.


8 Comments on Obituary Notice – Ella Mae Saye

  1. Diane Luksch Conrad says:

    My Aunt Ella Mae I will miss you!

  2. Candie Winkels says:

    So sorry Colleen and Jeff for your loss. If there is anything i can do please let me know. Hugs to you and yours my deepest sympathy.

  3. Paul, Diane and Martin family says:

    Sorry for your loss. Grandma Mae Saye will be missed. She was a very special lady and loved by many. Prayers, love, and kindness is sent your way. <3

  4. Marianne and Bob Drumm says:

    Our love and sympathy go out to the entire Saye family at the death of Ella Mae, our son-in-law Kyle’s beloved grandmother. We know Kyle, Julia, and great-granddaughter Allison will miss her sorely.

  5. Sue Ivett says:

    So sorry for your loss. Ellie was a very special woman. She will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of calling her friend. We will miss her cheerful, smiling face around town. Who will take over the task of monitoring traffic in the Super Duper parking lot? RIP Miss Ellie. You have come home just like you said you would.

  6. David Ivett says:

    Your mother,grandmother,greatgrandmother was my coffee shop girl friend. We visited every morning and I talked about my family and she talked about you. I truly enjoyed her and am going to miss her. You do not realize how proud she was of you guys. I talked to her on Monday by cell phone and she was looking forward to getting home. I am sorry I could not be there with you but will be in Virginia with family. RIP Ella Mae. I will miss you. Dave Ivett

  7. Beth Lincoln Kent says:

    So very sorry for your loss
    You are in my prayers

  8. Klayron Peterson says:

    Ella Mae was always sharing and encouraging. I watched how she truly listened and always made people feel understood and cared for. Ella Mae taught me that kindness and generosity are worthy goals, if you want a life filled with Treasures of the Heart.

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