Ella Jo Hodges Blackwell, 78, of Melvin, died Sunday, Feb. 18 at Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday (today) in Leatherwood Memorial Chapels in Brady, Roy Clements, officiating. Burial followed in Ft. McKavitt Cemetery. Born Jan. 14, 1923, in Strong City, Okla., she was the daughter of Bill and Arrah Mullins Rowley. A former mayor of Melvin, she married Sammy Hodges on April 5, 1942, in Brownsville. Following his death, she married Ray Blackwell on Aug. 6, 1985, in Menard. She was a licensed vocational nurse at San Angelo State School, retiring in 1986. She also worked at hospitals in Big Lake, Eastland and at St. John’s in San Angelo. She attended the Melvin Church of Christ and was a lifetime member and past president of the Ladies VFW Auxiliary. She also was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Mercury Post. Mrs. Blackwell was recognized by the VFW National Convention for outstanding service and recruitment. Survivors include two sons, James Ray Hodges and his wife, Kate, of Virginia Beach, Va., and Carrol G. (Corky) Hodges of New Braunfels; a step-son, Sammy Lynn Hodges and his wife, Dolores, of Midland; a sister, Lorene Capehart of Stephenville; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, a sister and a great-grandchild.