Melva  Russell

Obituary of Melva D. Russell

Melva Dawn Russell, 75, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Thursday, March 16, 2023. 

Melva was born on January 6, 1948 in Albemarle, North Carolina and later adopted by the late Noah Mauldin and Mary L. Smith Mauldin. Melva had a gentle soul with a loving smile that would often times warm the hearts of others. She provided wisdom to those she loved and cherished with a sense of tough love behind her lessons. Melva truly thrived when she was surrounded by her loving family and precious fur baby, Stella. 

When she was not spending time with her family she could often times be found outside gardening, riding around town on Saturday mornings hunting for a bargain at a local yard sale and reading true crime books. Melva was also very skilled in the kitchen and loved preparing meals for others to sit around a table and enjoy while sharing countless laughs. Melva will forever be remembered for her vocal, witty, humorous, but loving personality.

In addition to her parents, there awaiting for Melva at the gates of heaven was her beloved husband of 36 years, Harold "Tobe" Russell;  brothers, Larry "Jan" Mauldin, and Garry Freeman.

Left to cherish the beautiful memory of Melva is her beloved children, Larry Russell, Shellie Wright (Arthur); Grandchildren, Donald Russell (Leah), Kayla Wright, Renee Wright; Great-grandchildren, Rose Russell and River Russell. Melva is also survived by a host of extended family members and countless friends.

The family respectfully asks that in lieu of flowers that donations be made in Melva's memory to Alzheimer's Association, 886 Mulberry Street, Macon, Ga. 31201 or the American Lung Association, 55 W. Wacker Drive, Suite 1150, Chicago, IL 60601.

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It is with great honor Heritage Memorial Funeral Home and Crematory has been entrusted with Mrs. Melva D. Russell's arrangements.

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