Eunice Gloria Russell
Friday 18th of December 1936 - Sunday 6th of October 2019
Eunice Gloria Allen Russell was born on December 18, 1936 in Philadelphia, MS. She claimed Christ as her personal Lord and Savior at a young age. Eunice attended Hopewell School in Philadelphia, MS from grades K-12. From there she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in education at Rust College in Holly Springs, MS. Eunice went on to received her Masters at Auburn University.
She was a pastor’s wife and faithfully attended churches that her husband, Dr. George L. Russell, pastored most notably, in her later years, Wesley United Methodist. She was also a member of the Trinity Hill United Methodist Church when her husband transitioned from pastoring to the council office of the United Methodist Church for the Lexington jurisdiction. She was a member of organizations such as the United Methodist Women, Top Ladies of Distinction, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
Her hobbies included collecting and wearing beautiful hats and sending cards to ones who deserved thanks and those who needed condolences. The Fayette County School System employed Eunice where she taught at Stonewall Elementary and Tates Creek Elementary in Lexington, KY. She was also employed at the University of Kentucky where she tutored prospective college students. She was joined in holy matrimony with Dr. George L. Russell for 52 years having one child, William S. Russell. She departed this life on October 6, 2019 at 9:45 am. Dr. George L. Russell preceded her in death as well as her mother, Bessie Kirkland; father, Bishop L. Scott Allen, and her brother, Donald Evans. Eunice leaves to cherish her memory her son, William s. Russell and his wife Serina Russell; grandson, William George Levi Russell, II; brothers, Charles and George Evans, as well as a host of cousins, friends, and other relatives.
Milward Funeral Directors are entrusted with Ms. Russell's funeral services. Family will receive friends for visitation Friday, October 18th from 9:00 am - 11:00 at Wesley United Methodist Church located at 1825 Russell Cave Road, Lexington. Funeral service will follow visitation at 11:00 am at the church.
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I taught with Eunice at Tates Creek. She was always such a sweet and fun person. I remember laughing with her over our teaching experiences. I know we also talked about our faith and she was an inspiration to all who knew her.
Mrs. Russell was a very kind and caring teacher and co-worker. She worked so hard to make sure every child was successful. She loved her family, her church and her school so very much. I know she is rejoicing to be reunited with her beloved husband and those that went before her.
Lessie Mae Jamessays
Eunice was my cousin and good friend. I will miss her as I still miss Dr./Rev. George Russell. To my dear family members I am so sorry that I can not physically be there with you but I truly love you all. I will continue working to make sure a place is preserved in history for their contributions in Civil Rights, Human Rights, Education and Man Kind in general. The other cousins here is California sends their love. May God Bless And Keep Us All! Lessie M. James
I worked with Eunice at Tates Creek Elementary for many years. I have such special memories of our time together when we would eat lunch in the teacher’s lounge. She was such a wonderful and kind person. No doubt she is celebrating her homecoming with Brother George.
Julia D. Hasslochsays
I have fond memories of Eunice. She was my dear co-worker at TCE. I always enjoyed our collaborating at school and visits after she retired. Eunice had a great attitude toward life and a beautiful soul. I will miss her.
We fondly remember a smiling, welcoming Mrs. Russell via both Tates Creek Elementary School and Trinity Hill UMC. May she rest in peace and enjoy her Home Going! Sincerely, The Camenisch Family