Obituary: Lenice Irene (Willis) Russ


Lenice Irene (Willis) Russ, 100, a long-time Noblesville resident, died April 19. The daughter of the late Floyd Willis and Emma (Quilan) Willis, she was born near Iron City, Tenn., on Dec. 4, 1916.

She married Waylon Russ on December 18, 1931. They were married 60 years until his death in 1992.

She was preceded in death by daughters Betty Russ and Marian Brown, son Thomas Russ and several sisters and brothers.

Lenice is survived by seven of her children, including Bonnie Gist, Mary Elizabeth Lantzer (Lee), Lillian Abbott, Vivian Anderson, Joanna Bowling (Charlie), Dennis Russ (Freda) and Barbara Raymond (Steve), daughter-in-law Minnie Russ and son-in-law Forrest Brown. She is also survived by her brother, T.A. Willis.

She had 27 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren and 52 great-great-grandchildren.

Lenice was a homemaker and worked at Riverview Hospital in the housekeeping department. She loved flowers, gardening and was an excellent seamstress, creating many beautiful quilts that will cement her legacy.


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