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Rosalind Russell-Jolly

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Rosalind Russell-Jolly


Rosalind Russell-Jolly, 83, of Marshall, died on Monday, July 25, 2016, at Oaklawn Hospital.

Rosalind was born in Dundee, Scotland, July 18, 1933, the only daughter of James and Edith Russell and sister to George Russell, whom all preceded her in death.  Rosalind was six years old when World War II started in Europe.  Her family endured bombing raids during the war and rationing long after the war ended.  As a result, Rosalind was frugal and appreciated all that she had.

In July 1953, she married Fred Jolly.  He preceded her in death.  From their marriage they had two children; Keith Jolly and Jennifer Miller; and two grandchildren; Hayden Jolly and Mindy Miller, all who survive.

The family arrived in America in 1967, making their home in Irwin, Pennsylvania, where Fred was employed as an engineer at Ford Motor Company.  Two years later they relocated in Detroit.  Fred continued at Ford, and Rosalind was a waitress at the Ram's Horn Restaurant, a downtown location. Very social, she enjoyed visiting with patrons especially families with children.  The Jolly family traveled "on holiday" in the U.S., often camping. 

Soon after Fred's retirement the two of them moved to Florida. There Rosalind experienced a tremendous loss when her beloved Fred passed away unexpectedly in his sleep at the age of 64.  Rosalind lived in Tennessee for several years.  Then in 2001 she returned to Michigan and purchased a home in Marshall.  She became an active member and Deacon at the First Presbyterian Church, which became her home and family.

A breast cancer survivor she was an active participant in the Relay for Life.  Rosalind attended several community events.  She enjoyed reading, bird watching, knitting, crocheting, and taking her dog, Bear, for long walks.  She was well known for baking delicious short bread that she shared with friends.  Rosalind's sense of humor was truly a blessing.  Her legacy is clearly faith, family, friends, strength, joy, and love and she will be remembered by all who knew her.

A memorial service will take place at the Marshall First Presbyterian Church at 2pm on August 5, 2016, with Reverend Gail Monsma officiating.  Memorial contributions in Rosalind's memory are requested to the Marshall First Presbyterian Church.  Assistance with memorials is available at the Kempf Funeral Home.  Leave a personal message and sign online guest book at www.kempffuneralhome.com
Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on Aug. 2, 2016
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