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Runnell Hattie Underwood
December 12, 1941 ~ September 6, 2023 (age 81) 81 Years Old
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Runnell Hattie Underwood, a spirited, selfless, and kind woman who devoted her life to the service of others, passed away on September 6, 2023, in Bonita, California. Born on December 12, 1941, in Richmond, North Carolina, Runnell's life was marked by a strong sense of community, compassion, and resilience, which resonated in her personal and professional life. Runnell was the embodiment of love and care, a trait that was evident in her large and loving family. She was the proud matriarch of a family that included six children, one of whom predeceased her. Her love extended to her 15 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren, who were the recipients of her endless affection. Runnell also had two brothers who were an integral part of her life. Completing her high school education in Richmond, North Carolina, Runnell's early life was marked by an unwavering commitment to learning and personal growth. She was a living testament to the adage that life is a continuous learning journey, always striving to gain knowledge and wisdom. Runnell's professional journey as a private duty nurse was a testament to her selfless nature and dedication to the welfare of others. Her work was not just a job, but a calling, as she always went above and beyond the call of duty to ensure the comfort and well-being of her patients. Her exceptional nursing skills, coupled with her compassionate nature, made her a beacon of hope and comfort to those she served. Beyond her professional role, Runnell was deeply involved in community service, particularly in her role as a minister and chaplain at Newport News Jail. Her interest in ministry was driven by her strong faith and desire to provide spiritual support to those in need. She was a source of comfort and hope to many, often going out of her way to make a difference in people's lives. Runnell Hattie Underwood was a woman of great strength and character, who lived a life defined by service, love, and compassion. Her legacy will continue to live on in the lives of those she touched, particularly her family and the countless individuals she cared for in her professional and community service roles. Her life serves as a poignant reminder of the impact one individual can have on the lives of many. Runnell will be deeply missed, but her spirit will forever remain alive in the hearts of those who knew and loved her.