Ernestine Mann Russell, age 101 of Stevenson, passed away on December 29, 2017.

A memorial service was held on Thursday, January 4, 2018 from the First United Methodist Church of Stevenson.
Mrs. Russell is survived by her daughters, Mary Lucille (Robert) Allphin, Emily Russell Campbell; grandchildren, Merideth Alphin (David) Pehler, Mark Russell (Pam) Allphin; four great grandchildren; and three step grandchildren.
Mrs. Russell was preceded in death by her husband, Israel Pickens Russell III; and son-in-law, Johnnie W. Campbell.
Mrs. Russell was a homemaker, teacher of English grammar and American literature in sevearl schools of Jackson County and was active in her community. She was a member of Stevenson First United Methodist Church and was involved in every aspect of community life and service in Stevenson through church, schools, charities and other organizations. She was an avid reader, bridge player and member of the Democratic party.
Ernestine Mann’s earliest roots were tied to the railroad scene in Stevenson, through the old Stevenson Hotel, which her father owned and operated. After graduating from Stevenson High School at the age of 15, she then attended Berea College in Kentucky and was granted a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, with a minor in French in 1937. She then began teaching and taught for four years in Scottsboro and Bridgeport.
Ernestine married Pickens Russell in June, 1941. After their daughters were of school age, she returned to work, teaching 16 years at Stevenson High School. She served as a sponsor for the Beta Club and class activities such as Junior Play and Junior-Senior Banquet. She was an active member of PTA and Band Boosters. Outside of school, she participated in Meals on Wheels, the Red Cross and in the North Jackson Hospital Auxiliary. She was one of two Stevenson volunteers for United Way for many years. In recent times, she supported the Stevenson Library and Depot Museum activities. In 2001, she and Mr. Russell were Co-Grand Marshals of the Stevenson Depot Days Parade, the town’s highest honor. Always interested in the town and its people, she was a familiar sight at every Depot Days festival. One of her last acts was to cast her absentee vote from a hospital bed in the recent Alabama Special Senate Election.
Mrs. Russell was a tolerant, open minded woman, who believed deeply in the power of education to advance lives, especially those of her fellow citizens in Jackson County. She believed in and lived out the meaning of the scripture, “To whomsoever much is given, of him shall much be required.” In that spirit, the family asks that in-lieu of flowers, gifts be given to Pacer Packs, Stevenson’s weekend feeding program for elementary and middle school children.

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