Vernessie Bell Russey, 88, Gurdon, passed April 22, 2017. She was born August 19, 1928, daughter of John Bell and Mamie Bozeman in Beirne.
She was a member of New Mt. Zion Baptist Church.
She worked for the Cabe Lumber Company, International Paper Company and Gurdon Senior Adult Center.
She was preceded in her passing by her parents; her infant daughter, Dorothy Nell Golden; her husband, Willie B. Russey; siblings, J.W. Bell, Elmer Bell, B.J. Wilson, Margree Gatlin, Rosemary Stovall and Katie Wimberly.
She leaves to cherish her memories: her children, Ivory Roberts, Jr. of Hope, George Golden and Willie B. Booker, both of DeSoto, Texas; her siblings, Russell Bell of Omaha, Neb., John Bell of Kansas City, Kan., Gloria Bazzelle, Dorothy Gulley and Marva Weaver, all of Gurdon; four grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
A celebration of her life will be held Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at Mt. Canaan Baptist Church. Services provided by Williams Funeral Home/Arkadelphia.
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