Cynthia Ann (Henderson) Russell, 77, passed to Heaven on May 2, 2019. She was born on July 16, 1942 in Greenville, Alabama to Charles (Herman) Henderson and Willie (Jewell) Hall. Ann passed peacefully at Twin Cities Hospital in Niceville, Florida with family and friends at her bedside. She was dearly loved by her many friends and family. Ann was confident and believed in the promise of Jesus and certainly of eternal life as were her parents and most of her ancestors. She taught Sunday School for many years at Rosemont Baptist Church. There were many that learned the gospel and were influenced by her teaching and example.
Ann is survived by her husband, Warren Robert Russell; sons, Benjamin Warren Russell, Jonathan William Russell and his wife, Shannon; grandchildren, Taylor Christine, Morgan Elizabeth and Carter Thomas; daughter, Julianne Elizabeth Murphy; grandchildren, Derrick Charles Murphy and Kaitlyn Julianne Murphy ;brother- in -law Kenneth Edward Russell; brother-in-law, Philip Russell and his wife, Anita (Francene) Russell; their children, Kevin Philip Russell and his wife, Laura; their son, Ward Harrison Russell; daughter, Kelly Diane Snodgrass; her daughter, Taimi Kathryn Snodgrass; sister-in-law, Patricia Irene Allen (deceased); her children, Jeffrey Allen, John Russell Allen; his daughter, Olivia Jones; James Allen and his daughter, Taimi Allen; Sister and close friend, Barbara Jean Morris and her husband, Larry Morris; their sons, Chad David Morris and his children, Frank Swick and his wife, Danielle, Jeremy Swick and his wife, Jesse, Levi Morris and his wife, Connie; son, Joshua Dean Morris and his wife, Ginny; sons, Kenneth Jacob Morris and Charles Lucas Morris; Ann’s brother, Charles H. Henderson Jr. and his wife, Harumi; daughter, Margaret Ann Clark and her husband, Steve, their children, Andrew Clark, Christian Clark and Sidney Clark; son, Charles H. Henderson III and his wife Jennie; their children, Rebecca Henderson and Scottie Henderson. Ann’s uncles were T.J. Hall and his wife, Mildred(deceased); Uncle, Irby and Dorothy Hall (deceased); their children, Donald Hall and his wife, Rosemarie; their children, Don Jr., Daniel, Roberta, Marcia Ann Jaquay and her husband, Mr. Jaquay(deceased); son, David and his wife, Dianne; their children, Connor and Ali; Ann’s uncle, Nelson Henderson (deceased) and his wife had three children, Mary Francis Jones, Zollie Henderson and Dorothy (deceased); Aunt, Earnestine Fuller; her children, Peggy Joyce Phelps, Betty Zolene Wicks, Williams Gerald Fuller and Andrew Zollie Fuller; Aunt, Girtha Lee Russell and her children, Jimmy Tyson Russell and his wife, Carol Jo and their children, Samuel “Sammy” Russell, Jerry Lee Russell and Lela Faye Osinac(deceased); and Aunt Cleo.
Ann graduated from Choctawhatchee HS, PJC and attended Tulane. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in the first graduating class form the University of West Florida. Her major was Microbiology and she worked at the Vitro operated (C.B.) Chemical Biological Lab on Eglin AFB during the Vietnam War. Her duties included many evaluations of Agent Orange and other agents. The test area on Eglin is said to be the most heavily sprayed area on Earth with Agent Orange. Maybe Chemical Exposure caused her cancer as well as problems in many others that worked on Eglin testing these agents. She met her husband Warren on the Job where he worked as a Technician.
Ann determinably fought ovarian cancer for 5 years. She had an 8-hour operation and about 10 types of Chemo. Each would seem to work for a few months then the cancer would learn to overcome the medicine and she would be on a different type with the same eventual result. The Family wishes to thank the effective, delightful and caring staff of the Emerald Coast Cancer Center and Magnolia Clinic in Fort Walton Beach, FL.
A Funeral Service will be held at Rosemont Baptist Church in Niceville, FL at 11:00 am on Saturday May 11, 2019. A visitation will begin at 10:30 am at the church.