Elizabeth Wood Russell

March 20, 1941 - August 12, 2019
Elizabeth Wood Russell


Liz went to be with the love of her life, Don on August 12, 2019 surrounded by her family at her home.

She was born in Stedman, NC to the late Willie Ann Carter Wood and Hannibal Wood. She graduated from New Hanover High School in 1959. She later moved to Massechuetts before returning to Wilmington to raise her 3 sons.

Liz loved spending time at the beach with the 5 O’Clock Crew, searching for shells and spending time with her grandson, Reece every chance she got.

Survived by sons, Bryan and wife Angie of Wilmington, Donnie and wife Kathy of Greensboro, and Michael and wife Marci of Cary; grandchildren, Reece Russell of Wilmington, Jessica Parker (David) of Dallas, TX, Jennifer Russell of Greensboro, Matthew and Mia Russell of Cary; sister, Georgia Williams (Jimmy) of Castle Hayne, and Elaine Unanue (Ernesto) of Crystal River, FL, and Virginia Lee of Elizabethtown; special nephew Jimmy Williams II, niece, Tina Cook (John) and niece Virginia Ann James (David) and a host of cousins, nephews, nieces and extended family members, best friend and confidant, Sarah Burmahl, grand dogs, “Izzie”, “Finn”, “Finley” and “Moose”.

The family will receive friends at a Memorial Visitation to be held from 3:00pm till 5:00pm on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at the Wilmington Funeral Chapel.

Special thanks to Dr. Edward Whitesides at Urology Associates, Dr. Damian Brezinski at Island Cardiology and Graham Brown PA , Meals on Wheels and New Hanover Home Healthcare.

“Live your life, laugh again, enjoy yourself, be free, then know with every breath you take you’ll be taking one for me”

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  • August 15, 2019
    Slate Family says:
    Liz was such a sweet lady. She will be missed. Condolences for Bryan, Angie, and Reece

  • August 15, 2019
    Dave and Myra says:
    We have many fond memories of Liz and Don. And their three sons Fun times on the beach to strawberry fields Friendships like the Russell’s are hard to come by Rip Liz

  • August 15, 2019
    Barbara Dupreast says:
    I only knew (Aunt Liz) from the few times I visited with Tina. She was truly a very sweet, kind and unique person. She had a great sense of humor in a quiet sort of way. It was truly and honor to know her. I know she will be missed by herbeautiful family. See ya when we get there Liz!

  • August 16, 2019
    Mitzi Reavis and family says:
    Dear Bryan, Angie , and Reece, we are so sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs. Russell. She was a great woman . It was precious how beautifully and lovingly you all took care of her. She received excellent care. Our family prays for you during this most difficult of times. Please give Reece a hug for us. Harrison said to please tell him I’m sorry my friend. He was the light of her eye. We love you and miss you. Hugs

  • August 16, 2019
    Yvonne and Shorty Farley says:
    Our memories extend from Mexican food on the River walk in San Antonio, Texas to a cold wet day picnic on the Blue Ridge Parkway and so many places in between. We cherish the warm-hearted times we spent together and we look forward to meeting you and Don in Heaven so we can stroll across Heaven with you both. It is so great to have something to remember than nothing to forget. You will always be in our Hearts and on our mind.