Clara Russell

Clara Russell

Thursday October 1, 1936 - Sunday October 4, 2020
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Deceased Name: Clara Clementine Russell
Date of Birth: Thursday, October 01, 1936
Date of Death: Sunday, October 04, 2020

Funeral services for Clara "Tido" Cross Russell, 84, of Monterey, LA will be held at Monterey Church of Christ on Sunday, October 11, 2020 at 10AM with Clyde Grammon and Jason Sparks officiating. Interment will follow at their family cemetery, under the direction of Young's Funeral Home.

Clara was born on Thursday, October 01, 1936 in Ferriday, LA and passed away Sunday, October 04, 2020 at her home surrounded by her loved ones. Clara worked as a Registered Nurse at Riverland Medical Center and retired after many, many years. She enjoyed and loved gardening and watching football. Most of all Clara enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren. She was a loving mom, grandmother, sister, and friend.

She is reunited with the love of her life, John Carroll Russell, Sr.; her parents, Marion and Josephine Cross; sister, Marie Castleberry, brother, Leslie Cross; daughter, Mary Elizabeth Russell; and great-grandson, Chase Gillespie.

She leaves behind her daughter, Juanita Grammon & her husband Arnie; Rebecca Lynne Russell, Monterey, LA; son, John Carroll Russell, Jr. & his wife Paula; daughter, Martha Phelps & her husband Rusty; sister, Mary Catherine Crum; sister-in-law, Billie Dean Cross; 10 grandchildren, Melissa Grammon, Zachary Grammon & his wife Tamarack, Micah Grammon, Jacob Grammon, Timothy Grammon, Blake Russell & his wife Kristi; Brennen Russell & his wife Shawn, Kristin Russell, Peyton Phelps & his wife Kim, and Walker Phelps; and four great-grandchildren, Terebinth, Rowan, John Thomas, and Ava.

Pallbearers are Zachary Grammon, Blake Russell, Brennen Russell, Micah Grammon, Peyton Phelps, Walker Phelps, and Cade Crum.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Russell Futrell, Rusty Crum, and Vance Cross.

The family will receive friends at Monterey Church of Cross on Saturday, October 10, 2020 from 5PM until 7PM. To leave an online condolence for the family please visit

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Keevin and Marcia Koch

Posted at 06:44pm
Juanita, Becky, John, and Martha,
Our prayers, love, and sympathy are with you at this time. Tido was an amazing woman; strong, loving, and dedicated to her Savior.
She (and the two other Cross sisters) welcomed us with loving arms when we moved to LA in the early seventies. She made us feel like family when we were far away from our families. She extended gracious hospitality to all who entered her home. The world was definitely a better place because of her presence. Knowing that she's in a perfect home, with a perfect memory of all that's beautiful is comforting, but, we understand the sorrow in her families' heart. You will all be in our prayers.
Keevin and Marcia Koch
Spring Hill, TN

"Sister" Vancee Minor

Posted at 10:39am
I just learned that Tido had passed away. Since I live so far away, and have not been in touch, all the telephone numbers I have are not good and Mama is not available to give me new ones. Tido and I were born months apart and I am the oldest. We were playmates when Mother and Dad would visit Aunt Josie. I have had many good times with Tido and I am so sadden to know she has passed away. Please know the family is in my thoughts and prayers and I pray God's peace over all at this time. Love to the Family, "Sister" Vance Minor.

Joanna Grammon

Posted at 06:22pm
To Juanita, Becky, Martha and John: So sorry to hear about your mother's passing. The last time I remember seeing her in Louisiana was on a riding mower on a big expanse of lawn, which was quite some time ago. She was a dedicated nurse, and had a dry wit on occasion that I believe was passed on to her kids and grandkids. Hugs to all the family; wish I could be with you all. Be safe from Delta.
Joanna Grammon

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Posted at 02:17pm
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
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Posted at 02:56pm
Kristin, we are so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our prayers. We love you!
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