Mrs. Linda Talley Russell, age 67, of Lowndesboro, formerly of Tallassee, passed away May 10, 2013. She was born February 3, 1946.
Linda graduated from Valley High School in Valley, Alabama, and continued her education at the Medical Center School of Nursing in Columbus, Georgia, where she received her R.N degree in 1968. She held B.S. and M.S. degrees in nursing from Troy University and, at the time of her death, was a candidate for a doctorate in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Law at Alabama State University. She spent her professional career as an advocate for patient rights, particularly in the areas of mental health and geriatrics. In recent years she served as an adjunct instructor of nursing at Troy University.
In her private life, Linda was a devoted daughter, mother, and grandmother. She cared for her father, Clyde, until his death and was providing a loving home for her mother, Virginia. She spent much of her time with her many friends from her church and community in Lowndesboro and Tallassee. An avid reader and lifelong learner, Linda loved libraries and schools and believed in the power of the free marketplace of ideas. Deeply concerned with many social and political issues, she personally dedicated herself to animal welfare. She rescued many animals and counted her long-term canine companion, a Shih Tzu named Wicket, among her dearest friends. The lives of her patients, mental health clients, colleagues, friends, pets, and family are deeply diminished by her passing.
Visitation will be Sunday, May 12 from 5 pm to 7 pm at Linville Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Monday, May 13 at 11 am CST at the Chapel at Linville Memorial Funeral Home with Rev. Bill Hall officiating, followed by graveside service at 3:00 pm EST at Restlawn Memory Gardens, LaGrange, GA.
She is survived by her mother, Virginia Danner Harrington; son, Doug (Kristi) Russell; daughter, Deana Russell; uncle, Coleman (Carol) Talley; and grandchildren, Jacob Thornton, Adam Thornton, Chaney Thornton, Ivri Russell, Chesney Russell, Russell Phillips and Rutland Phillips. She is preceded in death by her father, Clyde Talley and maternal grandmother, Ruth Cantrell.
Online condolences at www.linvillememorial.com.
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