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Eva Florence RussellPassing: October 21, 2022


Chastain Funeral Home

Celebration of Life

Saturday, November 5th @ 2:00pm


Chastain Funeral Home

Saturday, November 5th @ 1:00pm-2:00pm


Private Burial

Eva Florence Russell, 92, passed away on October 21, 2022 at UC Davis Hospital in Sacramento, CA. She was born in Paoli, IN to Diora (Willyard) Newlin and Paul Newlin on February 24, 1930.

Eva was a graduate of Paoli High School in 1948. She married Floyd L. Cornwell on June 5, 1948. He precedes her in death. On June 27, 1983 she married Fay Russell who also precedes her in death.

Eva was a member of the First Baptist Church of Mitchell for more than 60 years where she left behind many friends when she moved to Sacramento to be closer to her family in 2017.

She was a competitive person who enjoyed playing games and doing puzzles. She enjoyed traveling and visiting family. As a hobby she enjoyed making quilted items as presents for her loved ones. She loved walks in the woods and the abundant wildlife that frequently visited in the yard of their farm.

Her working career started as a summer waitress at Spring Mill Inn at the age of 14. For many years she worked in Mitchell as a receptionist for Dr. Clair McKinney at Mitchell Optical Co. The highlight of her career was serving the City of Mitchell as Clerk Treasurer for several terms. She retired from bookkeeper at REMC in Orleans in 1995.

Surviving are her son, James (Kathy) Cornwell of Sacramento, CA; daughter-in-law, Anita Cornwell of Avon, IN; grandchildren, Paul (Lori) Cornwell of Fishers, IN, Jamie Harris of Jeffersonville, IN, Denise (Bryan) Knight of Louisville, KY, Jeffrey (Laura) Cornwell of Louisville, KY, Matthew (Melissa) Cornwell of Indianapolis, IN, Mark Cornwell of Avon, IN, Debra (Steve) Crews of Plumas Lake, CA, Andrew Cornwell of Sacramento, CA, and Michael Cornwell of Sacramento, CA; 14 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; several nieces and nephews; and stepchildren, Gary Russell of Orleans, IN, Linda Atchison and Jim Russell of Mitchell, IN.

Her husbands; parents; sons, Greg Cornwell and John Cornwell; grandson, Adam Cornwell; sister, Leota Kirk; and brother, Noel Newlin preceded her in death.

Cremation has been chosen.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, November 5 in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Pastor Reggie Clark officiating.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. Saturday until the time of the service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions:  Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation

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8 Guest Comments

  1. Guest: Cathy Blackwell | Williams, IN 47470
    Date: November 3, 2022
    So sorry to hear of Eva's passing. I have a lot of good memories of Eva and Faye through the years. Prayers for the family.
  2. Guest: Norma Johnson Fielding | West Lafayette, IN
    Date: November 3, 2022
    Sorry to hear about Eva's death. She was always friendly to me when I saw her. She has had much sadness in her life. .
  3. Guest: Tom Gerkin | Bedford, IN
    Date: November 3, 2022
    Jim & Kathy Sorry for your loss. Would love to see you guys but a snowbird in Florida.
  4. Guest: Susan R Webster | Bedford, IN
    Date: November 2, 2022
    Eva was one of my grandmother's (Ruth Moser) best friends. I loved hearing about their adventures and how they even let Fay join in every once in a while. I appreciated everything Eva did for my grandmother. I hope they are having a great reunion in heaven.
  5. Guest: Jacob Anderson | North Vernon, IN
    Date: November 2, 2022
    Very special lady. I went to Mitchell first Baptist Church with her for several years. Not sure why she took such a liking to me, but she did. Her and Faye both will be missed, but praise God they are walking on glory side now.
  6. Guest: Patty Cottengain | Orleans IN
    Date: November 1, 2022
    I'm so sorry for your loss. My Dad loved visiting with Eva when they were both in Mitchell Manor. They had a lot to catch up on. She was a sweet lady. My prayers and thoughts are with you πŸ™ ❀
  7. Guest: Patty Cottengain | Orleans IN
    Date: November 1, 2022
    I'm so sorry for your loss. My Dad loved visiting with Eva when they were both in Mitchell Manor. They had a lot to catch up on. She was asweet lady. My prayers and thoughts are with you πŸ™ ❀
  8. Guest: Margaret Gomes | Sacramento, California
    Date: November 1, 2022
    My heart is heavy as I mourn the loss of a very special lady. Eva loved to do fitness, brain games and puzzles and especially make friends and socialize with everyone. We miss her so much and not a day goes by that I don’t think of her. Rest In Peace dearest Eva.