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A lifelong resident of the Ava community Reva Russell, daughter of Joseph Lambert and Vinnie (Cooley) Lambert, was born on Dec. 16, 1913, in Drury, Mo., and passed away on Aug. 24, 2008, in St. John’s Hospital, Springfield, at the age of 94 years.
Reva was a homemaker and a lifelong resident of the Ava community.
On Oct. 21, 1934 Reva and Donald Bliss Russell were united in marriage in Bertha, Mo., and to this union three children were born.
Reva was a founding member of the Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Ava. She also served as the church’s secretary and treasurer for several years. Reva enjoyed fishing, gardening and going to church. She loved life and loved being with her family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Don in 1967; a daughter, Rowena Darlene Forbes; a grandson, Gary Tetrick; one sister, Goldie Dooms; and three brothers, Clark, Archie and Ferley Lambert.
Reva is survived by one daughter and husband, Glendoris and Hase Tetrick, Brixey, Mo.; one son, Oscar Russell, Blue Grass, Iowa; a son-in-law, Bob Forbes, Mtn. Grove; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Services were Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 2 p.m. at Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava, with the Revs. Alva Thurman, Dale Garrison and James Moore officiating. Burial will be in Blanche Cemetery. The family requests memorials to Blanche Cemetery. On-line condolences may be made at www.clinkingbeardfuneralhome. com.