VIRGINIA L. 'GINNY' RUSSELL, 75 ROCKFORD - Virginia L. "Ginny" Russell, 75, of Rockford, died at 8:50 p.m. Thursday, June 20, 2013, in the care of her loving friends. Born Sept. 10, 1937, in Stillman Valley; the daughter of Levern and Eleanore (Barrett) White. Graduate of Stillman Valley High School. She married John A. Russell June 8, 1957. He predeceased her Dec. 9, 2005. Ginny began working for Rockford Products immediately following high school, and continued there until her retirement 50 years later. She was a very active and faithful longtime member of Maywood Evangelical Free Church, where she played the piano and organ for many years, was a Sunday school teacher, participated in Awana, and served in more ways than anyone can count. She is survived by her nephew, Dwayne (Lisa) White of Rockton; niece, Penny (Jeff) Shewman of Sterling; great-nieces and nephews, Jesslyn Shewman, Julia (Jeremy) Kenney, Joseph (Ashley) Shewman, Jennifer Shewman, and Kalab White; many aunts, uncles, and cousins; and many sons and daughters in the Lord. Predeceased by her parents; brother, Stanley "Buzzy" White; and nephew, Eddie White. Special thanks to the fourth floor nurses and staff at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center and to Hospice Care of America. Private burial followed by a memorial service at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, 2013, in Maywood Evangelical Free Church, 3621 Samuelson Rd., with Rev. John Strubhar officiating. Memorials may be made to Awana International, 1 E. Bode Rd., Streamwood, IL 60107. Arrangements by Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Ltd. To share a memory or condolence, visit olsonfh.com.
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Published in Rockford Register Star from June 23 to June 24, 2013