Stairway to Paradise by Thomas Kinkade -- on the cover of memorial program



Date of Birth
February 4, 1934

Date of Death
September 29, 2005

Funeral Services
Sunday - October 2, 2005
4 o'clock p.m.
Sandy Springs Chapel

Rev. Bryan Maxwell

Arlington Memorial Park

Bible passages:

Psalm 27
John 14





Family and many friends gathered on Sunday afternoon, October 2, to remember Connie Russell-Midura --  business woman, wife, mother, grandmother, friend and long time Republican Grass-roots leader.

In addition to Rev. Maxwell, Connie was eulogized by Wendell Willard, State Representative.  Her friend and former State Representative and  State Party Chairman Rusty Paul sang "How Great Thou Art", one of Connie's favorites.  Bob Shaw sang "Amazing Grace".  He is a former State Party Chairman and Fulton GOP Chairman.  Connie had worked in the campaigns of Rusty Paul, Wendell Willard, Congressman Tom Price, Senator Johnny Isakson and MANY other Republican candidates and office holders.






O Lord my God, When I in awesome wonder,
Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made;
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed.

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!

When through the woods, and forest glades I wander,
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees.
When I look down, from lofty mountain grandeur
And see the brook, and feel the gentle breeze.

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!

And when I think, that God, His Son not sparing;
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in;
That on the Cross, my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin.

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!

When Christ shall come, with shout of acclamation,
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart.
Then I shall bow, in humble adoration,
And then proclaim: "My God, how great Thou art!"

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!

words & music by Carl G. Boberg and R.J. Hughes


Connie loved sending and receiving emails in recent years. She and I became great e-mail pals as well as active Republican volunteers.

February 6, 2004
Connie and Friends Have Tea at the Governor's Mansion

Below: Connie (third from left on first row) was one of ten Republican women volunteers who were invited for tea at the Governor's Mansion -- guests of first lady, Mary Perdue

Republican women volunteers attending the tea: 
1st row: Margaret Holliman (North Fulton)
Bettye Chambers (Greater Gwinnett RW and 10th District Webmaster) Connie Midura (North Fulton RWC) Linda Herren, GA National Committeewoman 2nd row: Sara Looper (DeKalb County)  Ullainee Stokes (DeKalb County) First Lady Mary Perdue Sue Everhart (Cobb Co. and 6th District Chairman) Betty Voyles (North Fulton) Val Betz (GFRW President) Toria Morgan (Cobb County)



Connie Russell-Midura (left, with husband Hank Midura in 1998) had long fought for Sandy Springs to become its own city which finally will become official on Dec. 1.

Connie Russell-Midura, grass-roots GOP leader

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 10/02/05

Connie Russell-Midura became the very definition of grass-roots politics for Georgia Republicans.

She switched to the party after 1960 in what she always referred to as "an unfortunate error" in supporting former Atlanta congressman and state Supreme Court Justice Charles Weltner, "who turned out to be relatively liberal," said her son, Bob Russell of Canton.

"She was the best at grass-roots politics," said Rusty Paul of Sandy Springs, former state senator and chairman of the state Republican Party.

"Back when we had no money even for stamps, she taught us not only how to stuff envelopes but how to stuff mailboxes, which the postal service frowned upon.

"Nobody understood grass-roots politics better. Back then, it was more guerilla politics than the sophisticated politics of today. It was a matter of out-thinking and out-working your opponent."

The funeral for Mrs. Russell-Midura, 71, who died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, at her Roswell residence Thursday, is at 4 p.m. today at Sandy Springs Chapel Funeral Directors.

The Atlanta native's father had been a judge and a friend of the Talmadge family, a Democratic political dynasty in Georgia. "It was almost genetic that she would be a Democrat," her son said.

But by 1964, she was hard at work in the presidential campaign of Sen. Barry Goldwater and in local Republican campaigns.

That's when Margaret Holliman of Sandy Springs became her friend.

They shared the political philosophy that the government closest to the people is the most responsive to the people, Mrs. Holliman said.

They worked tirelessly for Republican candidates at every level back when "it was almost impossible to get someone elected if they were Republican," Mrs. Holliman said. "She was an early, early [Ronald] Reagan supporter, even back when [Richard] Nixon won."

Mrs. Russell-Midura, she said, made late nights licking stamps and stuffing envelopes fun.

She had been a convention delegate, served on committees and held offices in the party at the local and state levels.

Widowed twice, Mrs. Russell-Midura was a real estate broker and an appointee to the original Atlanta Regional Commission.

"That was at the very beginning of this we're-all-going-to-work-together kind of attitude," Mrs. Holliman said. "She brought to the commission a spirit of cooperation and worked for self-determination for Sandy Springs."

She didn't think she'd live to see the day that Georgia had a Republican governor or when Sandy Springs would win its bid to become its own city, but she did.

"She was one of the pioneers of the Republican Party, not only in Fulton County, but in the greater area," said former Republican state Sen. Chuck Clay of Marietta. "Day in and day out, she is one who walked the walk and talked the talk."

Early on, she became a mentor to Mr. Paul. "She believed in me before I believed in myself," he said. "She had an unbelievable passion for the people she supported. She was a passionate partisan."

Other survivors include her daughter, Rebecca Russell of Smyrna; a sister, Alice Todd of Woodstock; and three grandchildren.


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Stairway to Paradise
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