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BESSIE E. RUSSELL

BESSIE E. RUSSELL

Bessie E. (Bess) Russell died peacefully at

Angel’s Garden in Dacula, GA on November 2, 2018 at the age of 94. Bess was born on December 1, 1923 in Cedar Springs, MI to Edgar and Elsa Burg. Bess is survived by her children, Paula Jeanne (John) Rau of Sand Lake, Glenn (Betty) Russell of Grand Rapids, Donna Faye (Patrick) Valentine of Dacula, GA, Dale (J Ann) Russell of Phoenix, AZ; sister, Helen Pike of Sparta and brother, George of Cedar Springs. She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard E. Russell. She retired from the U.S. Postal Service as acting Postmaster in Conklin, MI, moving to Zephyrhills, FL before moving to Sun City Center, FL in 1994. She actively volunteered for many years at South Bay Hospital. In 2007 she moved to Lawrenceville, GA to be close to her daughter, Donna Valentine. She leaves behind 9 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren, and 8 great-great- grandchildren. As a young woman she was an original “Rosie the Riveter” in Ypsilanti. She was an avid Bridge player, still playing three times a week. Her children remember her as a driven worker who insisted they pursue their goals.

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