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Davida L. (Carter) Russell

Posted 2018-05-16 by Pat R
Wickenburg Sun (Wickenburg, Arizona)
Wednesday, January 24, 2018, p. A-5

Davida L. (Carter) Russell died peacefully in her home surrounded by her family on Jan. 9, 2018, in Cosby, Tenn. at the age of 75. She went home to be with the Lord after a long battle with cancer.

Davida is survived by her daughter Shari (Clay) Britton of Cosby, Tenn., son Doug (Amy) Butler from Selmer, Tenn., grandchildren David (Margo) Holt of Memphis, Tenn., Matthew (Erica) Hester from Cosby, Tenn., Lain (Lynleigh) Butler, and Tate Butler from Selmer Tenn., as well as great grandchildren Karina Holt, Layton Butler, and Ryleigh Hester who reside in Tennessee. Davida is also survived by her brother David (Anne) Carter of Lake Oswego, Ore., and her sister Barbara (Doyle) Newton, of Peoria, Ariz., and many nieces and nephews. Davida is preceded in death by her parents David E. Carter and Mary Lou Carter, and her late husband Ralph K. Butler.

Davida was born on Dec. 30, 1942, in Wickenburg, Ariz., to David and Mary Lou Carter. She was educated in Wickenburg, and graduated from Wickenburg High School in 1960. After high school she married her high school sweetheart, Ralph Butler. They lived in Wickenburg, and welcomed their two children into their home. Davida was a devoted mother who loved her children and always taught them to be good citizens, and to love the Lord. Davida was always active in their education, being active in the PTA and helping out with their many activities. She was heartbroken when her husband, Ralph Butler, a Maricopa County Sherriff's Office Deputy lost his life in an on-duty accident while (he: sic) was responding to a radio call to an accident.

Davida later married Jerry Russell. Davida loved and helped raise his children, and is survived by David Russell, and Cindy (Brian) Hickman, both from Selmer, Tenn. Davida is also survived by her granddaughter, Briana Hickman. Davida and Jerry later divorced.

Davida was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Gatlinburg, Tenn., and the women's Bible study. Davida was always available to volunteer at their numerous charity events helping out the community.

Davida was a beautiful soul whose laughter, energy, and love will be missed by all who knew her. Her family knows that she is now at peace in heaven with those who preceded her.

There will be a graveside service for family and friends at the Wickenburg cemetery on Thursday, Jan. 25, at 2 p.m., officiated by Dan Fosnight. Arrangements were under the direction of Wickenburg Funeral Home.

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