Caroline L Russell

June 11, 1941 ~ December 30, 2021 (age 80)

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TUPELO – Caroline Lillian "Carol" Russell, age 80, died after a brief illness on December 30, 2021, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo, MS.

Carol is survived by two daughters and one son, Karoliene L. Oswalt (Johnny) of Blue Springs, MS, Gale L. Nicolai (Steven) of Navarre, FL, and Christian A. Goepfert, of San Antonio, TX; six grandchildren, Matthew Ellis (Ashley), Erie, MI, Joshua Ellis, Oak Park, MI, Jesse Ellis, Mount Holly, NC, Steven Nicolai, Navarre, FL, Shawn Oswalt (Tabby), Nettleton, MS, Morgan Oswalt, Blue Springs, MS, and Zacary Oswalt, Starkville, MS; six great-grandchildren, Sara Oswalt and John Oswalt, Nettleton, MS, and Lillian, Lyndon, Lyeon, and Liam Ellis, Erie, MI; one brother Michael Stearns(Vicki) of Shelton, WA.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Ethel D. Stearns, of New York City, NY, and her father, Walter E.  Stearns, of Wichita Falls, TX; her first husband, Carl F. Goepfert the 2nd Jr., of Pensacola, FL, and her second husband ,Thomas P. Russell, Jr., of Blue Springs, MS.

Carol was born on June 11, 1941, in Manhattan, New York. She graduated from the Academy of the Sacred Heart of Mary in New York City at age 17. Carol was a woman of strength and many talents. She was an accomplished accordion player. During her life she worked as a legal clerk, payroll clerk, certified nurse’s assistant, waitress, school bus driver, GIS digitizer and loan document processer. A woman who never gave up, Carol earned her AAS degree from Itawamba Community College at age 68. Over the years of her life, she made costumes for her daughters’ ballet recitals, wedding dresses for family and friends, and served as a girl scout leader, and intramural softball coach. She loved reading, puzzles, crocheting, knitting, embroidery, shuffleboard, putt-putt golf and playing cards for hours with her beloved friends at the Traceway Manor. Her greatest joy during the last years of her life was serving as Lector for the Masses at Traceway and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Visitation is scheduled to start at 11:30 AM on Wednesday, January 5, 2022, at St. James the Greater Catholic Church, Tupelo with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 1 PM. The Rev. Timothy Murphy and Rev. Henry Shelton will preside. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Caroline’s life. The family would like to thank the residents of Traceway Manor, United Methodist Senior Services in Tupelo, for the abundant love and friendships that enriched the last 5 years of Carol’s life. We send our sincerest thanks to the staff of the Sanctuary Hospice House for the tender loving care shown to Carol and the family during her last days with us. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Traceway Retirement Community Sunday Fund, 2800 West Main St., Tupelo, MS. 38801.

Holland Funeral Directors (662 840 5000) is honored to serve their friends.


January 5, 2022

11:30 AM to 7:00 PM
St. James the Greater Catholic Church (Tupelo)

Mass of Christian Burial

January 5, 2022

1:00 PM
St. James the Greater Catholic Church (Tupelo)

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