April 29, 1923 – June 4, 2020
Mavinee "Skipper" Russell Cullison was born, at home, in Haskell, TX (Haskell County), April 29, 1923. Skipper was raised in northwest Texas and survived The Great Depression. During WWII, Mavinee lived at home by planting Victory Gardens and using ration stamps for gasoline, food, meat, etc.
Serving as a 'Pen Pal' to US Troops in WWII, Mavinee became acquainted with Earnest Edgar Cullison (serving in the Army during WWII). Before deployment to the Europe-North African Campaign, they married on June 13, 1942. Mavinee stayed at home while Earnest completed his tour of duty. Earnest gave Mavinee the nickname "Skipper" because he couldn't remember how to pronounce or spell her first name. Earnest and Mavinee have four children, eight grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.
Skipper was preceded in death by her parents, Lonnie Russell Sr., and Audrey Mae Russell; husband, Earnest Edgar Cullison; son, Earnie Eagan Cullison; sister, Elmerene Russell; brother, Lonnie Russell, Jr., and granddaughter, Dusty Alaine Cullison.
Skipper is survived by, sisters, Leatrice (Russell) Cullison and Majo (Russell) Terry; daughters, Lauren Friend (Fort Worth, TX) and Karen Benes (League City, TX); son, James Cullison and wife, Jewel Cullison (Texas City, TX); grandson, Jeffrey Friend and wife Lizz Friend (Ft Rucker, Al),great grandchildren, Brittany (Friend) Lane and husband Justin Lane and Katie Friend, great great grandchildren, Ellie Lane; grandson, Joseph Friend and wife Jackie Friend (Keller, TX), great grandchildren, Natalie, Abigail and Rachel Friend: grandson, Jared Cullison and wife Dr. Melanie Cullison (Glencoe, OK), great grandchildren, (children of Dusty Cullison), Courtney Cullison (Bourne, TX); grandson, Michael Shannon and wife Shelbi Shannon (Baytown, TX), great grandchildren, Trevor, Mackenzie, Jake, Robert and Adley Shannon; granddaughter, Casey (Shannon) Higgins and husband Michael Higgins (League City, TX), great grandchildren, Amber (Higgins) Owen and husband Zachary Owen (Gulf Port, MS) and Caleb Higgins; granddaughter, Carrie Latimer (Texas City, TX); granddaughter, Lisa (Latimer) Kocourek and husband John Kocourek (Texas City, TX), great grandchildren, Chloe and Ian Kocourek.
Skipper was an active member of the Lakeside Lutheran Church in League City, TX. Skipper attended Massey Business College and earned her Accounting credentials. She was involved in the American Society of Women Accountants and worked in the accounting field for most of her life. She enjoyed many years as a member of the Beta Sigma Phi Women's Sorority, serving a term as President for the local Chapter. Skipper was an avid square dancer (locally and nationally) for many years, serving a term as President of the Houston Square and Round Dance Council. For several years, Skipper served the Friendswood Chamber of Commerce and her community. In her later years, Skipper attended classes at the Harris and Galveston County's Extension Services to receive her 'Master Gardner' Certification and donated her time to supporting the horticultural events of the Harris and Galveston County's Extension Services.
Mavinee "Skipper" Russell Cullison lived a long and full life to the age of 97 when she was called home to the Lord.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 13, 2020 at 10:00 A.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200 with Rev. Cherly Lamaak officiating. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the memorial is for family members only.