1930 - 2003

WINTER HAVEN -- Mrs. Jeanette Fussell of Winter Haven, who dedicated her life to helping the less fortunate, died of heart failure Friday (Aug. 8, 2003) at Winter Haven Hospital. Born Sept. 4, 1930, in Polk City, she came here from Polk City two years ago.
 Mrs. Fussell began feeding the homeless after starting a food service under her church's name. Though she didn't have a lot of money, she purchased the food herself and worked out of her garage. Mrs. Fussell joined AGAPE Food Bank in Lakeland, where she volunteered for many years. Most recently, Mrs. Fussell volunteered with Christian Family Services of Winter Haven, serving hot meals to the homeless. "She fed a lot of folks," said her daughter, Mary Ann Kelley of Winter Haven. Kelley said that all her mother's work was done in the name of the Lord, and Mrs. Fussell never took credit for her hard work. Handing a homeless person a meal and telling them about God is what she enjoyed most about volunteering, her daughter said. Kelley remembered her mother as a loving and "feisty go-getter" who never stopped fighting.
 Mrs. Fussell was quite outspoken, her daughter said. "She enjoyed telling you the truth," said Kelley. "She was truthful and never held back." Mrs. Fussell will be remembered most for her "intense passion" for her faith and volunteer work. "She wasn't a saint, but she is now," Kelley added.
 Mrs. Fussell was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Lee Fussell.
 In addition to her daughter, she is survived by her daughters, Glennis Stanton, Winter Haven, Gay Schell, Polk City, and Karen Combee, Lakeland; sisters, Violet Gill, Haines City, Lorretta Clark, Lakeland; and seven grandchildren. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at Ott-Laughlin Funeral Home, Auburndale. Services will follow at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.  - Ledger, Aug. 10, 2003

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