Beverly Joan Russell
Beverly Joan Russell
  • December 14, 1959 - May 27, 2017
  • Tampa, Florida

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Ms. Beverly Joan Russell , formerly Hawk, of Tampa, FL passed away in her home on Saturday, May 27th, 2017 at the age of – she made me promise not to tell.

Joan was born December 14th, 1959 (don’t do the math) to her parents Mervin Craig Hawk and Pansy Hawk.

She is survived by her daughter Amanda; her mother Pansy, her brother and sister-in-law Don and Robin Hawk; and her beloved dog Pheobe.

Throughout her life, Joan was sincerely passionate about the well-being of animals. This is evident in her long-time work with local rescue organizations. This woman fostered more pain-in-the-ass dogs than I can count. Her dedication never wavered and even the most ornery pup was placed in a loving forever home.

Joan’s wishes were to be cremated and have her remains become an addition to a coral reef off of the coast of Florida. To those who knew my mother, you will know that this is a most fitting place for a person who loved the beach and cared very deeply for our environment and all its inhabitants. A private celebration of life will be held for those closest to her.

In lieu of flowers and in the spirit of Joan, you can donate to the Humane Society of Tampa.