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In Memory of

Helen C. Russell

June 12, 1927 - June 10, 2017

Obituary


Helen Cole Russell
6/12/1927 - 6/10/2017

Mrs. Helen C. Russell passed away very peacefully in her sleep Saturday afternoon June 10th at 1pm. Helen had recently fallen and broken her right hip on Sunday, May 21 and was undergoing rehab. Helen was just shy of her 90th birthday and lived a very happy and full life. Helen was born in Atlanta, Georgia, Fulton County and grew up in the downtown area. She attended and graduated from North Fulton High School and later married Andrew W. Collins, Sr. They were married for 33 years and...

Helen Cole Russell
6/12/1927 - 6/10/2017

Mrs. Helen C. Russell passed away very peacefully in her sleep Saturday afternoon June 10th at 1pm. Helen had recently fallen and broken her right hip on Sunday, May 21 and was undergoing rehab. Helen was just shy of her 90th birthday and lived a very happy and full life. Helen was born in Atlanta, Georgia, Fulton County and grew up in the downtown area. She attended and graduated from North Fulton High School and later married Andrew W. Collins, Sr. They were married for 33 years and had four children, Delores C. Walker, Andrew (Drew) W. Collins, Jr., Elizabeth (Ann) C. Swords, and David C. Collins. She worked for Southern Bell for 30 years in downtown Atlanta and retired from Bell South in 1985 after 30 years of service and remained active in the Pioneers. She later married Gerald (Jerry) Jerome Russell in 1979, and they were married for 37 years until her death. They lived in Tucker and then moved to Loganville where she currently lived.

She grew up in the church and was a professing baptized Christian woman who followed God and his word. She studied and read God's word and made it a part of her entire life. Her wonderful smile and love were her outward expressions of God's grace and love she had for others. As a girl, she grew up at Saint Marks UMC in Atlanta, Ga. Later she was a member of The Baptist Tabernacle in Atlanta, Ga., The Clairmont Baptist Church in Brookhaven, Ga. She was a long time member of First Baptist Church of Tucker in Tucker, Ga. and then a member of Loganville Baptist Church in Loganville. She was faithful in her Sunday school classes and Bible studies as well as her mission work. Helen served numerous VBS's over the years and was very active in all her church work, worship, and service. She loved the Lord and the Lord's people, and she especially loved the little children everywhere. "I was glad when they said to me 'Let us go to the house of the Lord!' " Ps. 122:1

Helen is remembered best for her love of gardening with many different flowers, sewing and making clothes for herself and her children, crocheting numerous afghans, baby blankets, etc. for others, and her award winning wood carvings over the later years. Idle hands are the devil's workshop.

Over the last year of her life, she lived at Magnolia Senior Living in Loganville, Ga. as a resident and enjoyed making new friends and daily socializing with the care givers and residents as she participated in many different activities. She will always be remembered for her sweet and loving smile that she always wore. Helen was preceded in death by her parents James Carl Cole Sr. and Corinne Copper Cole. She is survived by her husband Jerry Russell Sr., sister Roslyn C. Seay of Hiram, Ga., brother James (Jim) Carl Cole Jr. of Roswell, Ga. her four children; daughter Gary & Delores Walker of Lawrenceville, Ga., son Drew & Debra Collins Jr. of Monticello, Ga., daughter Kenneth & Ann Swords of Grayson, Ga., son David & Melanie Collins of Conyers, Ga. and step son Gerald (Jerry) Russell Jr. of Norcross, Ga. her 12 grandchildren Heather Tripplet, Holley Butkovich, Amy Osborne, Christina Collins, Carrie Hill, Todd Swords, Buff Walker, Nathan Collins, Katie Hall, Gavin Collins, Wesley Collins and Kyle Collins and 24 great grandchildren.

Her service will be Friday June 16 at 1pm at Eternal Hills Funeral Home in Snellville, Ga. Visitation will be from 11am - 1pm the same day. Interment will follow at Eternal Hills Cemetery in Snellville, Ga. Helen has looked forward her whole life to walking hand and hand with our Lord and Savior and our family takes great comfort in knowing that she is. Praise be to God from whom all blessings flow. In lieu of flowers the family is asking you to make a contribution in memory of Helen C. Russell to "The Mission Society" to continue mother's ministry to the world. www.tms-global.org