Ocean City Today

Janice L. Russell

Jun 29, 2017
Janice L. Russell

printed 06/30/2017

Ocean City

Janice L. Russell, 85, of Ocean City, Maryland, departed her earthly home on June 17, 2017 for her eternal home in Heaven.

She died at her home after a short illness. Janice was born in Farmville, North Carolina on Dec 29, 1931 to Fred C. and Sally (Baker) Williams.

She is survived by her devoted husband, William (Bill) Russell of 68-plus years. She finished her high school education at New Hanover High School in Wilmington, North Carolina.

She was married to her lifelong sweetheart, Bill, on Nov 29, 1948 and as a Navy wife, traveled to California, Washington, Tennessee, Japan, District of Columbia, Germany, Maryland, Virginia, Hawaii, and back to Maryland. During her stay in Hawaii, she was selected by the Navy to sponsor the dependent families from Japan whose husbands were captured by the North Koreans off the USS Pueblo in January 1968.

During her later years, she attended various schools devoted to the fibre arts of traditional hand hooked rugs later becoming an accredited National McGown Guild School teacher. In 1993, she founded the Maryland Shores Rug Hooking School, meeting each year at the Dunes Manor Hotel in Ocean City, Maryand. After 20 years, she was honored by the school with an honorary scholarship in her name by Pamela Johnson, the new director of the school.

Janice was a member of the Atlantic UMC, American Legion Auxiliary, AARP, NARFE, Ocean City Senior Center and Martha Circle of the Atlantic United Methodist Church, and enjoyed the friendship of the many persons she was acquainted with.

In addition, Janice is survived by four children, Laura (Russell) and Charles Beatty of Fairfax, Virginia, Frances (Russell) and Robin Trischmann, of Arnold, Maryland, Robert and Leslie (Hannon) Russell of Arnold, Maryland, and Mary Catherine (Russell) and Eric Volkmann of Catonsville, Maryland; 10 grandchildren, Elena, Joshua, Phoebe, Aaron, Jacob, Stephanie, Travis, Emily, Sara and Katie; and 23 great-grandchildren, Gillian, Kaia, Sophie, Penny, Alec, Avery, Abigail, David, Rosemary, June, Lucille, Nadia, Karlee, Camryn, Elizabeth, Kyle, Eli, Reily, Grace, Nora Jane, Buster, Annabelle and Benjamin. She is also survived by a brother, Fred and Nancy (Emerson) Williams of Greensboro, North Carolina. She is survived by many nephews, nieces, cousins and in-laws. She was preceded in death by her sister, Charlotte (Williams) Powers of New Bern, North Carolina.

Memorial services will be held on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at noon, at the Atlantic United Methodist Church, Fourth Street in Ocean City. Friends may call one hour prior to the service. Rev. Patty Frick will officiate.

Letters of condolence may be sent via: www.burbagefuneralhome.com. Memorial donations may be made to Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, Maryland 21804, whose members have provided outstanding services during Janice’s illness.

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