Marie Starling Schumacher Braswell Russell passed away on Dec. 12, 2013, at Archbold Memorial Hospital.
She was born on July 5, 1930, in Bartow, Fla., to her proud parents, Luby Cleo and Effie Donna (Rozier) Starling.
She was lovingly adopted by her parents, Edward John and Lessie (Whidden) Schumacher in 1931 after her birth mother died at a very young age.
Following graduation from Lake Wales High School, she married Rufus Chester (Bill) Braswell, from Donaldsonville, Ga., on April 8, 1950. They were married for 29 years and were blessed with six children together. She became the stepmother to Bill’s other children, Mildred Braswell Randall Manders, Ray Braswell, Eloise Cox Sharp, Nell Cox Johnston, Jody, Thelma and Wilma Lloyd.
On Sept. 9, 1980, she married James (Jim) Madison Russell from Cairo, Ga.
Marie is survived by her children, Linda Hall Dorset of Jasper, Fla.; Pauline (Polly) Burnett of Tallahassee, Fla.; Christine (Christy) McCain of Bainbridge, Ga.; Edward (Ed) Braswell (JoAnne) of Thomasville, Ga.; Charlene (Charle) Wiley (Ed) of Thomasville, Ga., and Keith Braswell (Lisa) of Babson Park, Fla. She is survived by her brothers, Conrad Schumacher, Charles, Kenneth and LC Starling; sisters, Dot Autry, Melba Lambert and Katherine Starling. She was blessed with 19 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Marie was preceded in death by both parents and husbands, grandson, Travis Eugene Burnett, and her sisters, Marita (Schumacher) Evans, Margaret Starling and Ladonna Starling Harrison.
Marie worked in a variety of occupations starting out as a telephone operator, then working as a salesperson and waitress. Her latest employments were ITT Plastics in Bainbridge, Ga., followed by Thomasville Home Furnishings in Thomasville, Ga.
She was always one to sacrifice her own needs to provide for others, therefore, after retirement, she did what she does best, she became a caregiver to the elderly and disabled. She was a kind and selfless woman who loved the Lord and her family with all her heart. She will be greatly missed by all who were blessed to know her, love her and be loved by her including her closest friends, Barbara Cole, Mary Whatley Henley, Betty Bryant and her church family at Gateway Baptist Church.
Visitation is planned 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, at Whiddon-Shiver Funeral Home in Thomasville, Ga.
Funeral service at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at the Whiddon-Shiver Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial will take place at Greenwood Cemetery in Cairo, Ga.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Gateway Baptist Church, 1020 Remington Ave., Thomasville, GA 31792 or Lewis Hall Singletary Oncology Center, 919 S. Broad St., Thomasville, GA 31792.
Whiddon-Shiver Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.