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Donna Sue Crye

October 1, 1947 — April 14, 2016

Donna Sue Russell Crye, Susie, 68, passed away at her home on April 14, 2016. Preceded in death by her husband James W. Crye, “Billy” and parents, Richard Harris Russell and Frankie Whisenant Russell. Susie was born in Hammond, Indiana, but lived most of her life in Maryville, Tennessee. She was a graduate of Everett High School, Class of 1965. After she and Bill married, they moved to South Carolina where both of their children where born and they worked and lived there for several years. The family moved back to Tennessee in 1986 after the death of Sue’s father and lived on the Russell home place. She was a Christian woman and loved God. Raising her girls, taking care of lost or displaced animals, gardening, and her arts and crafts were Sue’s favorite things to do. She had an especially tender heart for animals and was all too willing to take in any animal that needed help. Many animals benefited from her kindness and care over the years. Until she became ill about 5 years ago she held family holiday dinners at her home…she was also an excellent cook…so her family has many wonderful memories of those times to keep forever. She is survived by her daughters, Kimber Crye Russell, and Carmen Crye; Sister-in-law, Mary (Virgil) Scott; nieces Anna Knode, Debbie Welch, Angie Crye, Sharon Kindley, Lisa Sullivan, and nephew, Randy Haynes of Maryville and Ohio. She also leaves several cousins here as well as her relatives in South Carolina, North Carolina and Pennsylvania; also, her “partner in crime” and to a lot of great adventures, cousin, Pat Russell (Patsy) of Knoxville, TN. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Donna Sue Crye please visit our Sympathy Store.
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