Lottie Russell celebrated her 90th birthday on Friday, Dec. 20 Lottie surrounded by five generations of family and close friends.
Among those attending were three of her children, four grandchildren and spouses, nine great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren, one son-in-law and one daughter-in-law.
Russell was born Dec. 20, 1923 in Morton, MS. After graduation from high school, she moved to San Francisco, where she lived with her brother, Leroy Earby, until she married her high school sweetheart, Mack Russell Jr. in Reno, NV on April 12, 1943.
When her husband returned home from the Navy, they moved to Richmond in 1945, where she has lived for over 68 years. They couple has three children, Louise Nicks, Purvis Russell and Maxine Fisher.
Over the years, Russell had several domestic jobs before taking a job at Del Monte Cannery where she worked for 25 years until she retired.
She also did volunteer work for the Richmond Soup Kitchen. An avid bowler, she participated in in many leagues, winning state and national bowling tournaments.
Russell a member of Southside Church of Christ where she actively participated in several programs until her health began to fail.