Lillian Russell Ford peacefully transitioned to her eternal home on Saturday, July 17th, 2021. Lillian, was born on June 20th, 1942 to the late Melvin and Viola Russell in Bronx, New York. She was predeceased by her loving daughter, Nadine Russell; son, Jerome Caldwell Sr; and brother, Melvin Russell.
Lillian started her diverse career with the Virginia Health Department where she assisted with starting the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program in Norfolk, Virginia. After a 13-year career with the Virginia Health Department, she started a new career as a Cargo Scheduler at the Naval Base in Norfolk, Virginia where she retired from the federal government after 22 years of civil service. After retirement, her love for people led her to volunteer at the Supporting Transformational Opportunities for People (STOP) program in Norfolk, Virginia where she was later asked to join the staff and she worked there for 12 years.
Lillian truly loved her family, church, and community. In addition to being an awesome and irreplaceable mother to her children, she served as team mom for the Oakmont North Athletic Association in the 70’s; a member of the Oakmont North Senior Club for 20 years where she served as the vice president for 10 years; and a member of National Council of Negro Women Inc, Sisters in Action. She also served on many committees for her church, Ambassadors for Christ, Norfolk, Virginia.
She leaves to cherish her husband, Charles Ford; children, Lisa Caldwell, Alfred Caldwell, and Kalisha Welch; grandchildren, Venetta Thorpe, Elisha Thorpe, Jerome Caldwell Jr., Kyle Caldwell, Calvin Barksdale Jr., Melvin Caldwell, Lakesha Caldwell, and Kyron Johnson; siblings, Latifa ElHadi, Viola Russell, Rita Russell, Lewis Russell Sr., Lidwina Fuller, Texeria Alston, and
Helen Russell; and a host of nieces and nephews and extended family members.
She will truly be missed by her family and friends.