Bill Text: MS HR3 | 2013 | 2nd Special Session | Engrossed

Bill Title: Mrs. Julia Maxine Yarber Russell; commend life and legacy upon her passing.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)

Status: (Passed) 2013-06-28 - Enrolled Bill Signed [HR3 Detail]

Download: Mississippi-2013-HR3-Engrossed.html


2013 2nd Extraordinary Session

To: Rules

By: Representative Aldridge

House Resolution 3

(As Adopted by House)


     WHEREAS, "To everything there is a season, and time to every purpose under the heaven," and as such, the grand architect of the universe, the immaculate author and finisher of our soul's destiny, has summoned the mortal presence of dearly beloved, Mrs. Julia Maxine Yarber Russell, to eternal rest, as she has made life's final transition from earthly travailing to heavenly reward, rendering great sorrow and loss to her family, colleagues and friends; and

     WHEREAS, the Belmont and Northeast Mississippi community lost a wonderful friend and community pillar on Friday, April 12, 2013, with the untimely demise of Mrs. Russell, who was born on June 20, 1927, to James Lafayette "Jim" Yarber and Francis Jane "Fannie" Montgomery Yarber; and

     WHEREAS, a God-fearing Christian before all other roles she assumed, a devoted wife and nurturing mother next, and always the peoples' advocate, Mrs. Russell, the living embodiment of a woman of Proverbs 31:10 distinction and possessing the ambitious spirit akin to that of King David, she was a woman who sought after God's own heart; and

     WHEREAS, as fate would lend itself to the building upon the blueprint divinely designed for the pattern of her life by the great deity, Mrs. Russell's heart was pierced by the love, chivalry and affection of Mr. Orville Ray Russell, and after exchanging the nuptials of holy matrimony they lived in Oklahoma, then moved to St. Louis, Missouri, for 19 years before returning home to the Mississippi way of life; and

     WHEREAS, one who relied heavily on her faith, Mrs. Russell remained devout in her Christian service and patronage throughout her life, reflecting her passion for God through her commitment to assisting others and her Christ-like care and concern for the building of the kingdom, an allegiance to which she continued to manifest as a member of the West End Church of Christ, where she taught Sunday School, and assisted Mr. Russell in his duties as a deacon and elder for many years, and continued her faith in Christ as a member of Maud Church of Christ in Maud, Alabama; and

     WHEREAS, a true homemaker, Mrs. Russell, aside from her duties of working and managing a farm, loved to cook, sew, crochet and participate as a team mother for her sons' athletic teams; and

     WHEREAS, in her transfiguration from mortality to immortality, she now adorns the raiment of a spiritual bride, awaiting the bridegroom's return in holy anticipation of that wondrous event, as it is written in the book of Revelation 21:1-2 -- "And I saw a new heaven and a new earth:  for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband."; and

     WHEREAS, though she has traversed the river of life to reunite with those who answered God's summons to life eternal and now beckon her arrival to the celestial shores of heaven's grandeur, which if put to music, would be a majestic symphonic masterpiece composed by the Holy Trinity, will continue to refresh the hearts and fond memories of her beloved survivors:  husband of 67 years, Orville Ray Russell; children, Donald Ray Russell, Samuel Lee Russell and Cynthia Louise Russell Leach; brother, James L. Yarber; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives, colleagues and friends; and

     NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI, That we do hereby mourn the loss and commemorate the life and legacy of Mrs. Julia Maxine Yarber Russell, and extend deepest sympathy to her family, colleagues and friends upon her passing.

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That copies of this resolution be furnished to the family of Mrs. Russell and to the members of the Capitol Press Corps.