Anita Russell

Anita Jayne Russell, age 85, of Olivet, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 20, 2022. She was born August 20, 1937, in Marshall, the daughter of Jake and Effie (Guyton) Shreve. On September 30, 1955, she married Joseph Lee Russell. Anita was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. In her younger years when money was scarce, she would often take her children for a picnic at a local roadside park. Anita also enjoyed sewing. She made doll clothes, clothing for her children, and patched many pair of jeans until it was patches upon patches. Anita and Joe enjoyed attending grange parties and square-dancing together. She canned and preserved foods for her family of seven up into her 70’s and prepared bountiful meals every Christmas, Thanksgiving, and for many family reunions. Anita enjoyed reading the FoxFire series of books throughout the years and her extended family was known for their wild game dishes. She had a sense of humor and will be remembered for her feisty personality.
Anita is survived by her children: Jan (Matthew Taylor) Russell of Olivet, Joe (Angela) Russell II of Olivet, John Russell of Olivet, and Joni (Will) White of Charlotte; grandchildren: Daniel (Angela Porter) Corralez, Justin Corralez, Joshua (Kelly) Russell, Jordan (Casey) Russell, Zach (Ashley) Russell; seven great-grandchildren: Audrey, Amelia, and Jay Lee Russell, Kaius Russell and Keion Adams, Oliver and Calvin Russell.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 63 years, Joseph; daughter, Judy Langridge; four sisters; and three brothers.
In keeping with Anita’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a graveside service at Bosworth Cemetery will be held at a later date.
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The family is being served by the Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home.