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Elsie Johnson Russell

1915 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Elsie Johnson Russell

Norfolk - On Saturday, May 10, 2014, in the late evening, Elsie Johnson Russell departed this mortal life. The Heavens must have claimed her, for only God could have loved her more than we. Elsie, the second of ten children of John Eddie and Rosa Belle Johnson was born on October 4, 1915, in Ivor, Virginia. As a teenager, Elsie came to live and work in Norfolk while attending cosmetology school. She founded her own independent business in the early 1950's, and she had a long and thriving career. Elsie was joined in matrimony with the late Junius Bryant Russell, with whom she shared a long and loving life. Elsie will be remembered by her family and friends for her wit and wisdom, fortitude, guidance and strength of conviction. Her life left many pleasant memories-too numerous to mention, and some too tender to share. She leaves to mourn her passing a sister, Mrs. Rosalyn J. Credle; a brother, J. Howard Johnson and his wife, Fraitus; a brother-in-law, Kearney Stephens; five nieces, three nephews, a host of grandnieces and grandnephews, other relatives and friends. The family will receive friends at Graves Funeral Home on Friday, May 16 from 6 to 7 p.m. Homegoing services for Elsie Russell will be held at First Baptist Church, 418 E. Bute Street on Saturday, May 17 at 12 p.m

Published in The Virginian Pilot on May 15, 2014
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