Celebrating the life of

Helen Earlene Rusden

Passed away on October 06, 2022

Helen Earlene Rusden

Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.  Proverbs 31:31

Helen Earlene Harrison Rusden, 90, passed away peacefully Thursday, October 6, 2022 at Hospice Savannah after a short battle with lung cancer.  Earlene was born November 13, 1931 in Savannah, GA to Herbert “Mike” and Lucy Harrison.

Mrs. Rusden thoroughly embraced her role as the matriarch of the family, giving her last orders just hours before passing.

Mrs. Rusden is survived by her children, Col (USAF Retired) Michael J. Rusden (Dana), and JoAnn Rusden of Savannah, GA.  Four grandchildren, Clint J. Rusden, Christopher G. Rusden (Monica), M. Ryan Rusden, and Lacey T. Herrington (Matt), 9 great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Mrs. Rusden is preceded in death by her best friend and husband Lt. Col. (USAF Retired) Harry Joseph Rusden, son, Glen Harrison Rusden, and granddaughter, Jamie L. Turner.

Graveside Service will be held 11:00 a.m., Monday, October 10, 2022 at Greenwich Cemetery, Savannah, GA.

Remembrances may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at



So sorry to hear of her passing. May God grant each of you an extra measure of grace during this difficult time.

- Perry Lynes, Ellijay , Ga

Earlene was like a second mother to my siblings and me growing up on Plattsburgh Air Force Base. Her photo is exactly as I remember her beautiful face. May your precious memories of her soon replace the tears with smiles when you think of her. Rest In Peace, Earlene.

- Marie (Hall) Jock, Plattsburgh, NY

Aunt Earlean was one of the most giving souls i have ever met beside her mother ,my grand mother!! thank you for alwasy helping me !!

- Herbert B HarrisonIII, savannah, ga

The last one one of the Harrison family

- Gregory A Harrison, Savannah, Georgia

JoAnn and family, so sorry to hear if "Grannys" passing. She lived a good long life and I know she will be missed. Sending prayers to the family. Kathy

- Kathy Curry, North Chesterfield, Va

Joann I am so sorry to hear about your mom my prayers are with you

- Patricia Bowen, Savannah, GA

I send my love and prayers to each of you who loved, cared for and have so many memories of Helen. I know you are thankful she is joyfully with Jesus. Praying this is a daily comfort to you.

- Tracey Parrott, Pooler, Ga

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel