Selma L. Russell, 96, passed away peacefully in her sleep on December 30, 2008 at her home in Bevil Oaks. She was a resident of Jasper until 2004 when she moved to Hotel Beaumont Retirement and Assisted Living Center in Beaumont to be near her children. She lived there until August 2008. She was a faithful member of First Baptist Church in Jasper for over forty years. She worked at The Model Dress Shop and Fair Jewelers in Jasper. She was a former resident of Cleveland, TX where she lived for 17 years and raised her family.
Mrs. Russell is survived by her children Patricia Landrum and husband, Henry, of Baton Rouge, LA, Ross C. Russell, and Sue Dismukes and husband, Tom, all of Beaumont; former daughter-in-law Donna Russell of Kingwood; five grandchildren Cindy Mejeur and Jim, and Michael Landrum and Kelli all of Baton Rouge; David Russell and Stacey of Kingwood; Trey Dismukes and Melissa, and Russ Dismukes all of Atascocita; and 10 great-grandchildren Jordan and Jason Mejeur; Chandler and Parker Landrum; Trace, Nathan, Payton, and Shane Russell; and Victoria and Taryn Dismukes.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, Ross C. Russell, Sr. The oldest of seven children of Earl and Mae Henderson, she is survived by her two youngest siblings, sister Medelle Adams of Jasper and brother, Thomas J. Henderson and wife, Peggy, of Port Arthur; four sisters preceded her in death.
Mrs. Russell loved poetry, creating many beautiful poems herself, one of which is published on-line at Poetry.com. She could amazingly recite many poems that she memorized in school during the 1920’s and that she wrote. She was the last remaining alumni of the class of 1930 from Kirby High School in Woodville.
Special thanks to her wonderful caregivers Margie Barrera, Terry Wheat, and Lisa Danna who showed nothing but love for our Mother. Special thanks also to the directors and staff at Hotel Beaumont for their love and care when she resided there.
Funeral services will be held at Stringer Griffin Funeral Home in Jasper on January 3, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. Visitation will be the same day from 12:30 until 2:00. .