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Mary Ellen "Punk" Harrington Russell

Polkton – Mrs. Mary Ellen Harrington “Punk” Russell, age 77, went home to be with her beloved son, John Edward, on Wednesday, November 10, 2021, while a patient at Atrium Health Union.

Graveside services will be 2:00pm on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at Anson Memorial Park.

Born in Anson county on January 5, 1944, Punk was the only child of Ed G. and Fannie Howard Harrington. She attended public schools and later worked in the textile industry eventually retiring from Hornwood, Inc.

Punk enjoyed digging around the yard, planting and admiring her flowers. She was an animal lover at heart and particularly enjoyed her cats Sassy Marie, Hot Mama and Abilene. But what Punk will best be remembered for is her tremendous love and devotion to her special needs son, John Edward.

Survivors include two aunts, Peg Edwards of Charlotte and Betty Rose Taylor of Wadesboro; former brother-in-law and sister-in-law Ervin & Phyllis Thompson of Candor; special friends, Nikki Armfield of Polkton and Helen Galliher of Ansonville; and many cousins and friends.

In addition to her parents, Punk was preceded in death by her husband Johnny Russell and her beloved son, John Edward Russell.

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Prayers for the family loss

Gracie Lang Mummert Nov 16 2021 8:39 PM

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Wayne Pace Nov 16 2021 2:28 PM

Every time I saw Punk she had a hug to give me and then she would always say something to make me laugh. I will miss her. She was a kind soul.

Wanda Belcher Howard Nov 16 2021 1:12 PM

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Janet Allen Nov 16 2021 9:41 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Mary Ellen Russell

Brandon and Brandis Chewning Nov 16 2021 8:26 AM

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Helen Galliher Nov 15 2021 6:35 PM

There is not enough space available to share thoughts and memories that Punk and I shared in the short time that we became Best Friends. We have laughrd together, cried together, prayed together and there were several nights when I was so sick that she stayed on the phone with me all night long. I told her often God put her in my life and He put me in her life. I really do believe that God does put special people in your life. I was with her, as she sat alone, when the love of her life John Edward (her son) died and for that she was always grateful. Some nights she would call and wake me up and ask "did I tell you I love you" before I fell asleep? Well Punk, I love you too.

Helen Galliher Nov 15 2021 6:34 PM

I have so many wonderful memories of our childhood days. Spending the night together, running all over that little country farm and laughing at everything. Then we raised our children together. You were a great mother. I'll never forget our good times. RIP sweet Punk.

Betty Rose Nov 15 2021 5:13 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Mary Ellen Russell

Cynthia Huneycutt Nov 15 2021 4:07 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Mary Ellen Russell

Joyce Burr Nov 15 2021 1:28 PM

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