Sylvia Willamina Russell was born to the union of Portland Entrepreneur William T. Russell Sr. (Bill) and Mandy M. Randall, in Portland, Or., February 19, 1953. From this union, Sylvia was the fourth eldest of seven siblings, (Billy Jr., Jeanette, Velma, Edwin, Katherine, and Angela).
Growing up in Portland, Sylvia attended Highland/Boise Elementary and Jefferson High School. She was known and beloved by all in her community. She was a loving daughter, sister, mother, aunt, cousin, friend, and grandmother. Words that come to mind for all that knew her are: kind, sweet, humble, fun and funny, and how undeniably beautiful she was inside and out.
Sylvia is preceded in death by her parents William and Mandy, sister Carolyn, and brother Edwin Russell. She is survived by her sons Dee, Marcell and Martez; brother William T. Russell Jr. (Billy); sisters Jeanette Russell, Velma Russell, Katherine Russell, Angela Russell, and Meesha Russell; grandchildren Maliah Russell, Cecelia Russell, Delilah Russell, Destin Russell, Malachi Branch, Ma’Kai Branch; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family.