Obituary: Judith Joyce Russell

Ms. Russell, 75, of Ocoee, died Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.

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Judy Russell was a beloved wife, mother, Gran, sister, mother-in-law, sister-in-law, aunt and friend. The love for Judy will never die, because love never dies. Judy Russell passed away Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in her home surrounded by many of those who loved and cared for her. 

Despite life’s obstacles, Judy radiated a grace and dignity that is rare to find. When asked by a minister if there was anyone she needed to make amends to before she died, the family noted that Judy had no one who had anything but love both from Judy and for Judy.

The world, as well as Judy’s husband, her four children and all of her family and friends lost a beautiful part of their lives. However, Judy’s gift of love will live on within each and every person whose life she touched. 

Judith Joyce Russell was born on Nov. 6, 1942, in Stafford, Kansas. She was the daughter of the late Marjorie and Anthone Polzin.

Judy is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, Ron Russell of Ocoee, Florida. She is survived by four children, Cindy Fabry and her husband Paul of Winter Garden, Florida, Andria Cadman of Kansas City, Missouri, Tom Russell of Kansas City, Missouri, and Diana Harmon and her husband Bob of Alpharetta, Georgia.

Judy, better known as Gran, is also survived by 12 beautiful and loving grandchildren and their spouses, as well as 16 great-grandchildren. Judy is survived by many nieces and nephews who loved her dearly.

In addition, Judy is survived by two sisters, Melinda Amio and Deanna Hamaker and two brothers, David Polzin and Steven Polzin. Judy was preceded in death by her brother, Michael Polzin.

The family wishes to acknowledge their overwhelming gratitude to Judy’s wonderful and dedicated caregivers, Sharita Wright and Lupe Cisneros. Both Sharita and Lupe have become a valuable part of our family, taking Ron under their wings as well. The family also wants to thank Kim Hogan, their neighbor, who provided help and support throughout Judy’s battle with dementia.

Arrangements entrusted to Collison Family Funeral Home, 3806 Howell Branch Road, Winter Park, FL 32792. Phone (407) 678-4500. 




Amy Quesinberry

Community Editor Amy Quesinberry was born at the old West Orange Memorial Hospital and raised in Winter Garden. Aside from earning her journalism degree from the University of Georgia, she hasn’t strayed too far from her hometown and her three-mile bubble. She grew up reading The Winter Garden Times and knew in the eighth grade she wanted to write for her community newspaper. She has been part of the writing and editing team since 1990.

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