Emily Timmons Russell
1920 — 2014
WAYNESVILLE — Emily Timmons Russell was born Feb. 27, 1920 in Canton to the family of George Hasque and Rhetta Morgan Timmons. She died Feb. 19, 2014 in Waynesville.
Emily was married to Joseph Turner Russell Jr July 17, 1938. They had four children, six grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Joseph; and daughter, Teresa Lea.
She is survived by Joseph Turner Russell III of Asheville and wife, Rosemary, and their two children and two grandchildren; the Rev. George David Russell and wife, Carolyn of Waynesville; and Rebekah Lynn Russell of Waynesville.
She held several positions from postal clerk to executive secretary before she started her own business, The Telephone Answering Service in Haywood, from which she retired.
She was very active in the Presbyterian Church U.S. and then the PCA Presbyterian Church. She taught youth groups and Sunday school. She served in the office of president on local, district and Presbyterian levels. She has worked to bring churches into the new PCA, and was one of three to induct Covenant PCA.
She was an active member of the Leadership of America organization, chaired by Martha Roundtree and based in Washington D.C., and an active member of the Back to God movement. She took many trips to Washington, D.C., and Raleigh to meet congressmen and legislators on the issue of prayer in schools, schoolbooks, women's liberation and other issues.
On the county and local levels, she served several times as president of the Democratic Women of Haywood, American Legion, Activity and Alpha Master chapter of Beta Sigma Phi and the National Association of General Employees.
She served three years on the national Women's Advisory Committee of the General Assembly of Presbyterian Church in America.
She was recognized publically on four occasions and given awards for her work of 20 years on the Presbyterian level of both churches.
First and foremost, Emily Russell loved the Lord passionately and worked to bring her family to know and love the Lord.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Covenant Presbyterian Church in Waynesville, NC.
Long House Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.