She was a member of Four Point Baptist Church and the Eastern Star Athenian 159.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Claude C. Russell, in 2006; parents, Marshall and Grace Bell Raper Black; three brothers: Hayden, Lawrence and Malcolm; and one sister, Martha Jo Wade.
Survivors include her daughter, Claudette Howard Cochran of Cleveland; two granddaughters: Tammy Hadorn (Kenny) of Cleveland and Tracy Arp (Michael) of Charleston; two great-grandsons: Brandon Hadorn and Billy McClanahan (Amber); one great-great-granddaughter, Winter McClanahan, all of Cleveland; one sister, Othelia Gunter of California; sisters-in-law: Celia Black, Hazel Black, Loisteen Stapp and Rebecca Odom; and a host of nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.
The funeral will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, March 22, 2013, in the chapel of Fike Funeral Home with the Revs Ray Cheathem and Leroy Elliott officiating.
Interment will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 23, 2013, in Niota Cemetery. The service will conclude with a white dove release ceremony.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home and from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday at Laycock Hobbs Funeral Home in Athens.
The family extends their sincere gratitude to Signature Health Care Facility, especially the CNAs and nurses on hall 400.
We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Russell family guest book at www.fikefh.com.