June 20, 1938 ~ December 3, 2005

Born in: Buncombe County, NC,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Betty June Harvey Russell, 67, of 10 Ramey Hill Drive, Asheville, died Saturday, December 3, 2005, at St. Joseph Hospital following a long, courageous battle with cancer. Mrs. Russell was born in Buncombe County and was a daughter of the late William Harry and Bessie Bryson Harvey. She was a member of Sardis United Methodist Church for over 57 years where she was active in the United Methodist Women. She was a loving wife, mother and Nana, and is survived by her husband of 44 years, John Russell; two daughters, Karen Russell Fletcher Shook of Asheville and Laura Russell-Rice of Lake Lure; one granddaughter, Summer Shook; and two sisters, Myrtle H. LaTour of Pensacola, FL and Ruby Blankenship of Asheville. Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Monday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home with the Rev. John Erwin officiating. Burial will be at Pisgah View Memorial Park. Her family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home and suggest that memorials be made to Sardis United Methodist Church, 897 Brevard Road, Asheville, NC 28806.

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  1. Dear John, Karen, Laura, Ruby and Myrtle, I am so sad to hear of June’s passing. We grew up together, went through school together, worked at Enka together, and shared so many wonderful times. June was a wonderful person and I will miss her so much. My deepest thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  2. John, Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Sorry I won’t be able to come to family night. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Purcell & Myrtice Todd

  3. So sorry about the loss of your wife–mother. June was a wonderful person and friend. She was special to me when we worked together so many years ago. A true friend.
    God Bless each of you.All our prayers and sympathy. Judy and Ralph

  4. My dearest Laura,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. I am here for anything you might need. You have all of my love and support.


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