The Progress-Index Weekend - - OBITUARIES -

Mat­tie Es­ther Rus­sell Fitts Camp­bell of Church Road, Va., went home to be with Je­sus, her Lord, on May 11, 2017. She was born in Camp­bell County and lived in Peters­burg for most of her life. Es­ther is pre­ceded in death by her hus­bands, Arthur “Pete” Fitts, mar­ried 53 years, and Alis­ter Rus­sell Camp­bell, mar­ried nine years. She is sur­vived by her large and won­der­ful Rus­sell and Fitts fam­i­lies, a daugh­ter, Theresa Mil­stead; a son, Michael Fitts (Jane); six grand­chil­dren; and eight great-grand­chil­dren.

Dur­ing WWII, Es­ther was em­ployed as a clerk typ­ist at Rich­mond Quar­ter Mas­ter De­pot and later in New­port News Port of Em­barka­tion. Upon moving to Vir­ginia Beach, she worked in the Depart­ment of Ju­ve­nile and Do­mes­tic Court and also as a Sec­re­tary Re­cep­tion­ist for six years in the Al­co­hol Safety Ac­tion Pro­gram. She loved car­ing for and help­ing oth­ers, so she worked in the Care­givers Pro­gram, from which she re­ceived so many bless­ings. Es­ther was also ac­tive in her lov­ing Cal­vary Bap­tist Church, in Colo­nial Heights, for many years. Heart­felt grat­i­tude is ex­tended to Es­ther’s nephew, Luther Rus­sell and his wife, Tammy, for pro­vid­ing her a home in her fi­nal months where she was loved and cared for, We are hum­bled and for­ever grate­ful to Tammy for her tire­less ef­forts, ded­i­ca­tion, and com­pas­sion to her Aun­tie.

A fu­neral ser­vice will be held at 11 a.m. on Tues­day, May 16, 2017, at the Crater Road Chapel of E. Alvin Small Fu­neral Homes and Cre­ma­tory, 3935 South Crater Road, Peters­burg, Va. 23805 with the Rev­erend Dr. Ray Has­kett of­fi­ci­at­ing. In­ter­ment will fol­low in South­lawn Me­mo­rial Park, South Prince Ge­orge. The fam­ily will re­ceive friends prior to the ser­vice from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Crater Road Chapel of E. Alvin Small. Con­do­lences may be reg­is­tered at www.ealvins­

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