Adams announces the passing of Mrs. Ella Marie Solomon Hoskins, 89 who transitioned on Thursday, February 9, 2023 at her residence surrounded by her loving family.
Adams announces the Funeral Service for Mrs. Ella Marie Solomon Hoskins, 2:00 P.M., Saturday, February 18, 2023 at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church.
Viewing: 4:00 -6:00 PM, Friday, February 17, 2023 at the Funeral Home.
Interment: Oak Grove Cemetery.
Obituary for Ella Marie Solomon Hoskins
On May 10, 1933, Ella Marie was born to Lucy [Jefferson] and William Clifford “Saul” Solomon,
longstanding owner and operator of local Savannah waterfront institution, Saul’s Place on
Wilmington Island. Ella Marie received her early education in local Savannah schools. At the
age of 13, she transferred her membership from St. John Baptist Church and joined St.
Matthew’s Episcopal Church. In 1948, she was crowned Miss Cuyler. To no surprise, Ella
Marie’s 1951 graduating class at Alfred Ely Beach High School voted her “Most Comical”.
1956 was an eventful year for Ella Marie. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Food Science and
Home Economics from Central State University. Following graduation, she and Lawrence Capers (son of the late Rev. and Mrs. Eugene Capers) were married. To this union, 3 children were born – Clifford Charles, Tina Alicia and Gina Marie.
Ella Marie employed her skills as an ADA-certified dietician at several hospitals in Pennsylvania
and Connecticut. Her career focus shifted as Program Coordinator for Connecticut’s Housing
Improvement Program where she facilitated the cultural and economic assimilation of newly-
arrived Caribbean immigrants as they established themselves in this country.
Upon her return to Savannah, Ella Marie joined the Chatham County School System, where she
taught Food Service at Richard Arnold Vocational High School and Savannah Vocational and
Technical Schools for many years. While at Richard Arnold, she also led the Teen Age
Pregnancy Program (TAPP), where she provided guidance and support to young mothers. Ella
Marie developed parental and vocational skills to foster students’ success as parents, by
earning a high school diploma and achieving gainful employment. Across these appointments,
Ella Marie developed a group of accomplished culinary artists who launched successful careers
with some of the city’s legacy fine dining establishments. Ella Marie has been a mentor to many
of her students and young adults beyond her classrooms. To this day, they appreciate and
respect her “tell-it-like-it-is” approach to life and love. In her retirement years, she continued
to demonstrate her concern for our youth as a volunteer with the Juvenile Justice Court
In 1980, Ella Marie entered a 9-year marriage with Reverend Charles Hoskins, former rector of
St. Matthew’s. For many subsequent years of her church life, she worshipped at the Collegiate
Church of St. Paul. In the final years, Ella Marie looked forward to viewing on-line mass back
where it all began, at St. Matthew’s.
On February 9 th of this year, Ella Marie passed away peacefully surrounded by family. She is
preceded in death by her infant son, Clifford Charles, and siblings, Evelyn, William “Kippy”, and
Harriette. Ella Marie leaves to mourn her two daughters, Tina Capers-Hall (John) and Gina
Capers-Willis, grandchildren Ian (Morgan) and Gabrielle Hall, and great granddaughter, Stoni
Soleil Hall. Joining the immediate family, a host of nieces, nephews and extended family and
friends will sorely miss her light and love.
Mrs. Hoskins' service will be live streamed at http:/m.facebook.com/stmattsav
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that charitable contributions be made to the Greenbriar Children’s Center. Checks can be made payable to Greenbriar Children’s Center, at 3709 Hopkins Street, Savannah, GA 31405.
Donations may also be made online on our website at www.
Saturday, February 18, 2023
Starts at 2:00pm (Eastern time)
St. Matthew's Episcopal Chruch