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Lillian Marie Horrell Russ
Lillian Marie Horrell Russ

Lillian Marie Horrell Russ, of Burgaw, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, at Lower Cape Fear Hospice. She was 87.

She was born June 28, 1928, in Pender County, daughter of the late Arthur Hayes and Willie Mae Barnhill Horrell. Also remembered are her husband, Olen Russ; daughter, Pamela Russ Wallace; sisters, Sudie Mae Horrell and Berta Tompkins; and brothers, Arthur “Dick” Horrell and Larry Horrell, all of whom preceded Lillian in death.

Lillian is survived by her daughters, Karen R. Watkins (Dale) and Joy R. James (Bill); grandchildren, Kimberly Garver (Doug), Jeffrey Watkins (Kendra), Kristin Wells (William), Tina Wallace and Tonya Wallace; great-grandchildren, Sydney, Madison and Jessica; sisters, Verna Asbury and Shirley Harvell; brother, Irvin Horrell (Catherine); and many nieces, nephews and extended family.

Lillian was a devoted wife, wonderful mother to her daughters, Karen, Pam and Joy, and a caring grandmother and sister. A talented seamstress, Lillian sewed for her three girls and herself. Easter was a special day and she was sure to have the prettiest dresses and accessories ready to wear. Daddy (Olen) always provided the corsages.

Lillian always made sure that her family had home-cooked meals with homegrown vegetables and delectable biscuits. After being a wife and a mother for many years, Lillian added another career: working as a supervisor at Oxford Sewing Plant for over 20 years. She was a faithful member of Long Creek Baptist Church, where she served in many capacities. Lillian was loved and will be greatly missed.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, at Long Creek Baptist Church, with the Rev. Wayne Bateman and the Rev. Melvin Hall officiating. Burial will follow at Riverview Memorial Park. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. At other times, the family will be at the home of Kristin and William Wells.

The family would like to thank Wanda Spencer for her long-term, loving care of Lillian and thanks to all of Lillian’s caregivers over the years during her illness.

The family would like you to consider in lieu of flowers a memorial gift to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Quinn McGowen Funeral Home.

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