Evelyn Deree Parkes Russell was born Sept. 13, 1912, in the Madden community of Leake County and died June 20, 2013, in Ridgeland. For most of her life, she lived in Philadelphia.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Gertie Parkes; her husband, Randolph Russell; and her daughter-in-law, Carolyn Russell.

She is survived by her daughter, Charlotte Riggs (Wade) of Northport, Ala.; son, Randy Russell (Nancy) of Saint Simons Island, Ga.; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Louise Parkes Green of Ridgeland and Catherine Parkes Leigh of Philadelphia; and a brother, Cleveland Parkes of Starkville.

Services were held Sunday, June 23, 2013, at 3:30 p.m. from McClain-Hays Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Dan Howard officiating. Burial followed in Cedarlawn Cemetery. McClain-Hays Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.