Ruth Harrell

Published 5:11 pm Monday, January 4, 2021

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Mrs. Ruth Harrell, 81, of Flomaton, passed away on Fri., Dec. 31, 2020 at her home.

Harrell was a native of Owassa, and a life-long member of the Flomaton community. She was a wonderful wife, mother, sister, aunt, Nana and nurse for 60 years.

She had a servant’s heart and was community minded. Harrell was a member of the Flomaton Lion’s Club, Escambia County Healthcare Authority, Nursing Hall of Fame at the University of Alabama and was on D.W. McMillan’s Hospital Board.

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She had been the director of Alabama Public Health for Nursing in Montgomery. Harrell received numerous state, local, and national awards for her service to her community and caring for others. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Atmore,  and was preceded in death by her son, Marcus Jackson O’Gwynn.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Johnny Harrell of Flomaton; brother, Bob Traweek of Houston, Texas; sister, Joe (David) Nolin of Flomaton; niece, JoLynn Gordon Godwin of Atmore; nephew, Dave (Regina) Nolin of Flomaton; and great-nephew, Nolin Godwin of Atmore.

Services will be held by Mrs. Harrell’s family at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Harrell’s memory to the Flomaton Lion’s Club for a nursing scholarship to be awarded to a Leo, Flomaton High School senior, at Flomaton Lion’s Club, P.O. Box 194 Flomaton, AL 36441.

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Flomaton Funeral Home is directing.