Edna Lorene Russell, 91, passed away May 23, 2012 in Torrance, CA. Born in Gould, Arkansas, March 7, 1921, Lorene was the daughter of Arthur and Effie Lee Spurlock. She moved to California with her husband Banny Russell in 1943 and lived in Hawthorne, CA. She was preceded in death by her two brothers Tom and L.D. Spurlock and her sister Lois Nobles; her husband Banny and son Franz Russell. She is survived by her sister Helen Cogbill of Star City, Arkansas; daughter Marsha Russell of Redondo Beach, CA: grandson Franz Spitzer of Bakersfield, CA; daughter-in-law Rosalie Russell; granddaughter Lindsey Russell of Laguna Woods, CA; grandson Mike Russell of Santa Ana, CA and many nieces and nephews. Lorene was loved by all her knew her and treasured for her sense of humor, kindness and beautiful smile! Her service will be held on Sunday, June 10, 2012 at 2pm at Rice Mortuary, Torrance, CA. A reception follows in the Lighthouse Reception Room from 3-5pm. Burial will be private.

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  1. You were a very special lady in my life and I will miss you so very much. Good bye gorgeous, until we meet again. Love and Blessings, Mo

  2. When I think of Aunt Lorene I have so many good memories. The thing I remember most is that she always had a smile on her face and a way of making me want to smile back. She had a way of making you smile even when things weren’t going as they should. She was always joyful. As a child I always looked forward to seeing she and Uncle Banny when we visited the family in California. Uncle Banny was the family jester and she supported him all the way. They were a great couple and a great example of how to make the most of life. Words really can never express all that I gained by having Aunt Lorene as a part of my life. She will always be one of my sweetest and warmest memories. My warmest regards to Marsha and her son Franz Michael and Roasalie.and her children, Lindsey and Michael. I am thinking of you during this difficult time and wish I could be with you.

  3. I loved Lorene dearly and enjoyed her so muuch over the years. She was a wonderful sister in-law. Our times together will always be one of my fondest memories. I send my love to Marsha, Rosalie and their children and wish I could be with them at this time.

  4. Some never get to know why God puts a particular person in their life. I know why he put Lorene Russell in mine. She was everything “good” and all “good” represents. Her integrity was impeccable, her kindheartedness never ending, and her humor simply delightful. I feel especially blessed to have known her, and have her in my life. She taught me so much. She wasn’t just like a mother to me; she was a mother to me. Lorene loved me, and I loved her. Memories are many, all special…because she was special.

  5. We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs. Russell. We are sending all of our love and prayers.

  6. Dearest Marsha, Rosalie and family, I was so sad to hear about Aunt Lorene. Like all Russell women, she personified The Greatest Generation. I will miss her wisdom, her warm smile, her rich voice with its lovely Arkansas twang. But I know she had. Long, wonderful life full of family, love and laughter, and that she, Banty and Franz are all having a wonderful time together.

  7. Marsha and Family, we are so sad to hear of your mom’s passing. She was one of the sweetest, gentlest ladies we have every met. We loved it when she would come to breakfast with the group and always took home a “snack” for Lily. Guess Jesus needed another angel. Love and Prayers..

  8. Dear Marsha, Very Sorry of the passing of your Mom. A very nice Lady. Our prayers and love are with you.

  9. We are sadden to hear of Aunt Lorene’s passing. Our heart goes out to Marsha and family in this most trying time. Will miss Aunt Lorene and she will always have a special place in our heart. Rest in Peace.

  10. Aunt Lorene always made me feel at home when I ended up on her doorstep. My heartfelt condolences to all members of the family.

  11. Dearest Marsha and family, We’re so sorry about your Mom’s passing and pray you’ll be comforted by God’s loving touch. You’ll be in our prayers as you gather to remember and say good-bye. With love, J&J

  12. I can still see your mom’s beautiful face in my mind from 50 years ago! I remember how embarrassed you got when we’d see Banny and Lorene tooling down the street in their 55 Chevy sitting close together on the bench seat. We’d all go “Ahhh, how sweet” but you’d duck your head. 🙂 When I’d spend the night with you your mom was so kind…and patient with us! We would do and say goofy things and she’d just sit there, seemingly unruffled, and shake her head as if to say “My, my, my, what silly girls.” Your dad was patient, too. Franz, well, not so much. I love you Sam!

  13. Dear Marsha & Family Lorene was an amazing lady who always had a sparkle in her eyes. She is now at peace and her wonderful spirit continues on. Love & Light Dave & Suzy Schemel

  14. Marsha, I recall that after my parents had both died that I felt like an orphan even though I was an adult with my own family. There was one thing that helped then and does still, which is to remind yourself that,”we do not mourn as those who have no hope”. The time is coming, as surely as the dawn, when you will be reunited. Davis Spurlock

  15. Dear Marsha and family, It was so wonderful to see these photos. The first picture of Aunt Lorene in the white is beautiful. Uncle Banny was so handsome. I remember so well when they looked like that. I love you, Jo Ann

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