Earsel Susan Wallace passed away on April 22, 2021 after a long fight with Alzheimer’s disease. She was 87 years old.
Earsel was born in Chase City, VA to the late Henry and Lucille Russell. She moved to Brooklyn, NY after her mother passed when she was 13-years-old to be raised by her sister Panthea Lewis. In 1955, she married Charles Wallace and they have one daughter, Shelly Artis.
Earsel worked for Brooklyn College for over 28 years before moving to Philadelphia to become an owner of multiple McDonald’s franchise restaurants for the next 16 years. Earsel and her husband retired to Palm Coast, FL and kept busy volunteering at African American Cultural Society, cruising and traveling the world, and she even joined the local steel drum band. She was an excellent cook and loved to work in her garden. In retirement she also joined a quilting club and her work was displayed in art shows and museums.
Earsel loved holidays and family reunions; any chance to spend time with her family was important to her. She loved jeopardy and a good match of scrabble. She also loved to dance and was often the first person to the dance floor.
Earsel was knowledgeable about many things and was known to provide solicited or unsolicited advice on everything from how to clean something to money matters. She will be missed by all that knew and loved her.
In 2012, after Earsel was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, she relocated to Lantana, FL to be closer to her granddaughter.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Charles Wallace, her sisters, Bernice Brown, Panthea Lewis, Mary Pettus, her brothers, Elisha, Emmett, Langston, Willie, Ralph, and Alpert Russell.
Her family grieves her loss, but they take comfort knowing that Earsel and Charles are together again. They are survived by their daughter Shelly Artis, granddaughters Kim and Adrianne Artis, great grandson, Christan Jackson, sister-in-law, Irene Billups and a host of nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Alzheimer Association on her behalf.
Funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 29, 2021 in the chapel of Campbell and Sons Funeral, 124 W. Park Avenue, Savannah, GA. Interment ~ Lincoln Memorial Cemetery. Rev. Clarence Kinlaw, Officiating.
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