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Ernest L. Russell, age 97, of Greenville, found eternal peace and passed away, Friday afternoon, Sept. 16, 2005 at Quality Adult Foster Care Home, Greenville. The son of George T. & Bessie M. (Townsend) Russell, he was born on Feb. 3, 1908 in Ionia County. He had a zestful exuberance for living and an intricate knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of many things.

Ernie was preceded in death by his wife, Lena M. (Wells) Russell on Oct. 28, 2001; and five sisters and brothers. Surviving are five step-children; nine nieces and nephews; and many friends. He treasured the special attention he received from the Ponderosa staff and his church family at the Greenville Church of the Nazarene.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2005 from the Brown-Teman & Christiansen Funeral Home, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, with visitation one hour prior to services beginning at 2:00 p.m. The Rev. Jerry Wells, along with Pastor Tim DeShaw of the Greenville Church of the Nazarene, will officiate. Burial will be in Tuttle Cemetery, Ionia. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to either Quality A.F.C. Home of Greenville or the Greenville Church of the Nazarene.


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