December 25, 1946 ~ August 22, 2020
Born in: Milwaukee, WI
Resided in: Lawndale, CA
Earleen Starks-Russell was born on December 25, 1946 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to the union of Felix George Lewis and Bewillie Patterson. Earleen was raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She attended Westside Church of God in Christ under the leadership of her father, Pastor Felix Lewis and Mother Bewillie Lewis.
In 1964, Earleen Lewis became the first black Homecoming Queen at West Division High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After graduating in 1965, she relocated to Los Angeles, California where she and her husband Kenneth Starks started a family. Earleen worked at The United States Postal Service where she retired after 37 years.
In 1993, Earleen became a member of Symphony chapter #43, order of the Eastern Star, Prince Hall Rite of Adoption, State of California, of which this organization donated toward several charities. She was also a member of Egyptian Court #5 and a member of the Jackie Robinson American Legion Auxiliary #252 where they would feed the veterans on Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Earleen was a member of NAPFE (National Alliance of Postal Federal Employees) local 1003 Los Angeles where they represented postal and federal employees.
Earleen had a zeal for living and a outing going personality. She was proceeded in death by her late father Elder Felix G. Lewis, Mother, Mother Bewillie Lewis, Sister, Missionary Constance Ellis, Brother Elder Herbert Lewis, (twin) Carleen Smith.
She leaves to cherish her love and legacy to her devoted husband Norman Russell, four children: Mark Darryl Starks, Earl Renard (Regina) Starks of Columbus GA., Kenneth Williams Starks II, Felix Deon (LaTanya) Starks, nine grandchildren: Donavan and Cory D. Starks, Kenzi T. Starks, Brittney T. Harris, Jaqui Herrera, Tori Peck, Felix D. Starks II, Nathan Perez, Nola Harris, Brother Elder Kirby Lewis, Sister Missionary Debra Wheeler both from Milwaukee, Wisconsin., a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and best friend Adrienne Nathan.