Leta Ramona (Grimes) Russell (1934 - 2018)

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Leta Ramona Grimes Russell, 83, of Marianna, died Sunday, April 1, 2018 at her residence.

She was born Sept. 27, 1934 in Crawfordville to Joy Franklin Grimes Sr. and Jessie Robinson Grimes. She was a graduate of Crawfordville High School and later married Rainey Gwynn Russell Jr. on Sept. 12, 1954. They lived in Tallahassee, Miami, Belle Glade, Jasper and Pensacola before settling in Marianna in 1965. She became a member of First Assembly of God in Marianna in 1967. She served in many capacities including member of the choir, Missionettes sponsor, and nursery teacher. From 1971-1994, she was employed by Sprint Telephone Company as a customer service representative. She also volunteered at Faith Health Clinic as the office manager for 14 years. She loved her Lord, her family, and others.

She was predeceased by her parents, Joy Franklin Grimes Sr. and Jessie Robinson Grimes; two brothers, Bill Grimes and Ray Grimes; one sister, Karen Grimes Hartsfield; one grandson, Ryan Hilton Russell.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Rainey G. Russell Jr.; one son, Raymond Russell and wife, Susan, of Blountstown; one daughter, Beverly Russell Raley and husband, David, of Webster; two brothers, C.J. Grimes and wife, June, of Phoenix City, Ala. and Frank Grimes and wife, Margaret, of Cottondale; one sister-in-law, Bernice Grimes of Marianna; one brother-in-law, Ardis Hartsfield of Eugene, Ore.; four grandchildren, Allison Raley Byers and husband, Jake, of Jacksonville, Kyle Russell and wife, Meagan, of Altha, Lauren Raley, of Lakeland, and Catherine Raley and husband, Josh Daughtry, of Orlando; two great grandchildren, Elizabeth Claire Byers, of Jacksonville and Julie Ann Russell, of Altha.

Funeral Services will be 3 p.m. Thursday, April 5, 2018 at James & Sikes Funeral Home Maddox Chapel with the Rev. Charles Coley and the Rev. David C. Raley officiating. Interment will follow at Pinecrest Memorial Gardens with James & Sikes Funeral Home Maddox Chapel directing.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at James & Sikes Funeral Home Maddox Chapel in Marianna.

Flowers are accepted or donations may be made to Covenant Hospice, 4540 Lafayette Street, Suite G, Marianna FL 32446.

Expressions of sympathy may be made online at www.jamesandsikesfuneralhomes.com
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Published in The Wakulla News on Apr. 5, 2018
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