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Clara Mae Russ, 98, died Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015 at her home.

She was born on Sept. 30, 1917 in Ash to Joseph Harvey and Dora White Milligan.  She graduated from Waccamaw High School in 1935.  That fall she enrolled at East Carolina College, where she attended for four years while earning her bachelor’s degree in education.  She taught school in the Brunswick County school system for 32 years.

Additionally, she was a teacher in the Anson County school system from 1972 to 1973.  She was a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, Beta Beta (Brunswick County Chapter), a professional educational organization.  Clara Mae was a member of the North Carolina Retired Teachers Association.  She has been a member of Camp United Methodist Church since 1936 following her marriage to Gene H. Russ, whose family were members.

She was predeceased by her husband of 25 years, Gene H. Russ; two sisters, Helen Milligan and Evie Smith; and three brothers, Ernest Milligan, Irvin Milligan, Robert D. (Bob) Milligan and Craven Demette Milligan, Sr.

She is survived by three sisters, Gladys Milligan Russ, Ora Ann Milligan Mintz and Melba Faye Milligan Hefelfinger.  Additionally, she is survived by three sisters-in-law, Flo Milligan, Vella Mae Milligan and Polly Anna Bennett Milligan, and many loving nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held on Sunday, Dec. 13 at Camp United Methodist Church in Shallotte, with the Rev. Richard Vaughan officiating. Burial followed in Brunswick Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were Lloyd Mintz, Rusty Russ, Bobby Dane Milligan, Cray Milligan, Greg Bland and Davis Milligan.  Honorary pallbearers are all of her students from her 34 years of teaching.

Memorials may be made to the Camp United Methodist Church Building Fund.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Brunswick Funeral Service.

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