July 19, 1945-July 19, 2006
CURTIS -- Adella Lela Russell, 81, died Wednesday (July 19, 2006) at Sunset Haven Nursing Home in Curtis.
She was born July 19, 1925, to Thomas and Adella Demolt Bruce on July 19, 1925 in Dickens.
She grew up in the Dickens area and moved to Curtis in 1947, where she met Robert J. "Bob" Russell. They were married Aug. 1, 1948 in Curtis.
She worked in a couple of stores in Curtis before raising her children and went to work for Don Harpst at the Hi-Line Enterprise Newspaper in 1964 where she operated the lino-type machine.
She was a volunteer at Sunset Haven Nursing Home for many years and was known as the "cookie lady," bringing cookies to residents every Tuesday. She was a volunteer for the Special Olympic Torch Run for many years and helped at the Olympic Games for a couple of years and was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the United Methodist Church in Curtis.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; one son, Randy at birth; brothers Don, Vern and Faye; a sister Lula Rucker; brothers-in-law Ben Russell, Dick Gorley, Phillip Rucker and Guy Rucker; sisters-in-law Irene Bruce, Viva Bruce, June McGinnis and Virginia Russell.
Survivors include two daughters, Sheila and husband, Roger Fink and Carol and husband, Tom Brown, all of Curtis; two sons, Gene Russell of Funk, and Kenneth Russell of Curtis: five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Monday, 9 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Curtis with Revs. Kevin Burkhardt and James McChesney officiating. Burial is in Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell.
Visitation is Saturday evening, with family present to greet the public, from 7-9 p.m., and visitation Sunday from 1-8 p.m. at Blase-Wetzel Funeral Home.
Memorials may be given to Sunset Haven/Hillside Estates; Special Olympics of Nebraska; or Frontier County Ambulance Fund.
Blase-Wetzel Funeral Home of Curtis is in charge of arrangements.