Nanelle D. Russ

November 12, 1929April 3, 2018

Nanelle Davis Russ died peacefully at home on April 3 with family at her side. Nanelle was born in Cordele, Georgia on November 12, 1929, where she spent her early childhood. She also lived in Pensacola, FL, before her marriage to James M. Russ in 1953. They moved to Orlando in 1958 and have lived in the area for the past sixty years. Nanelle was devoted to her family, community and to improving the welfare of others. While raising her eight children, she served the League of Women Voters, the Adult Literacy League and numerous efforts to her children's schools (among other organizations) as an active, dedicated volunteer for decades. She earned her BA in 1972 followed by an MA summa cum laude from the then newly-founded FTU (now UCF) and was active in supporting Valencia Community College and UCF as an alumna. She is survived by her husband, eight children, seven grandchildren, one sister and numerous other family members and friends. In lieu of flowers donations are suggested to the Adult Literacy League, a charity of your choice or take a walk in a garden and remember Nanelle. Services will be held on April 14, 2018 at Annunciation Catholic Church, Altamonte Springs, FL at 10 AM. A gathering of family and friends will be held immediately after.


  • Funeral Service Saturday, April 14, 2018
  • Inurnment Saturday, April 14, 2018

Nanelle D. Russ

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Kelsey S

April 17, 2018

Dear Russ family,
I am very sorry for your loss. A scripture that encouraged me very much when I have lost loved ones in death is John 5:28,29. It says “Do not be amazed at this for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.”

James Duggan

April 12, 2018

I remember Nanelle well, as we worked together for a number of years at the Adult Literacy League. She was always a great help and a joy to be with on any project. I'm sure she will be missed by all who knew her.

I won't be able to make the service, but be assured that my thoughts and prayers will be with all her loved ones.

James Duggan

Michael Gillstrap

April 11, 2018

My deepest condolences to all those close to Nanelle, there is never enough preparation to prepare us for the loss of our mom, spouse, sibling, grandmother, aunt or best friend. I wish I had words sufficient to remove the feeling of loss and fill the void left by the departure of this bright light that shined in all our worlds. Nanelle was truly a unique and special person who seemed to fit in and be comfortable in all the situations she found herself in during the course of her life.

In scripture, Jesus tells us to not let our hearts be troubled, for he has prepared a place that where he is we may be also. His disciples voiced a concern we all share, “how do we get there?” All the Gospel writers clearly answer that question by telling us over and over that God’s grace is sufficient for all who believe.

If there is comfort to be found, it is this: Nanelle was a believer, she believed in him whom God sent. And, in her believing she became a follower and a doer. She demonstrated love of God and neighbor in numerous ways throughout her life. She was not only actively engaged in the raising of her children to have a knowledge of him whom God sent, but was also active in helping her fellowman and fellow woman through involvement in community organizations and causes, being an advocate for education and literacy, through involvement in the activities of her church, through her support of various charities, and through being a friend to those she met along her life’s journey.

May God’s blessing of peace that surpasses all understanding be with you now and forever.

Kathleen Worley

April 9, 2018

I am thinking of you all at this time. I plan on spending time in the green house at the Biltmore Estate to honor Nanelle's life. There is a room there full of orchids which always remind me of her. Such a precious life! Love to you all,. Kathy

Matt & MaryLou Russ

April 8, 2018

To Nanelle's Family

Her beautiful smile is now being shared in heaven. We will miss her but every flower in a garden is a pleasant reminder.

Kate Houston

April 8, 2018

Nanelle was simply the best. She made everyone feel welcome. I have so many memories of visits to her home. From drawing her pictures that she would hang in her garden when we were children. To bringing my friends down and visiting as adults. This picture is from when I was in 9th grade. Aunt April and I went to visit and then had to leave suddenly because our Aunt Katy passed away. I didn’t have any clothes for the funeral so Nanelle took me shopping. I am pretty short so none of the pants fit me properly and there was no time for alterations. But Nanelle was crafty. We bought pants and took them to her laundry room and she “hemmed” them with duct tape! Love that woman!

Celeste Edge

April 6, 2018

What a gracious Southern belle she was; a thoughtful hostess, chatty and funny, a warm and friendly woman. She never forgot her farming roots, and often came home to Georgia. And we always enjoyed those visits.
Love to all the Russ family.

Mell Heidrich-Dehlinger

April 6, 2018

I have such wonderful memories of being with your family and staying at your home. I was introduced to scrambled eggs with cottage cheese mixed together, which surprisingly very good. So happy I was able to visit with her, my prayers with you all.

Matt Russ

April 5, 2018

Sandi Jerina Black

April 5, 2018

I will always remember your Mother's pretty smile and twinkle in her eye. She lives on in each of you. Peace.