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Chillicothe News - Chillicothe, MO
  • Celebration of life for Ellen Joyce Russell to be held May 4

  • E “Joyce” Russell, 84, a resident of Chillicothe, Mo., died Thursday, April 18, 2013, at Morningside Center after a long battle with stroke-induced dementia.
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  • E “Joyce” Russell, 84, a resident of Chillicothe, Mo., died Thursday, April 18, 2013, at Morningside Center after a long battle with stroke-induced dementia.
    Joyce was born the daughter of Thaddeus Alexander and Ellen America Davidson on Oct. 29, 1928, in Kansas City, Mo., the youngest of six children. On Aug. 27, 1949, Joyce married C.L. “Bud” Russell. They moved to Chillicothe soon thereafter and remained married for 29 years.
    Her father died when she was a toddler and as the great depression began her mother, provided for her family by operating a diner in Dodge City, Kan., the town in which Joyce grew up.
    For most of her life, Joyce was a “working mom.” Over the years she worked as a telephone operator, a bookkeeper, and a retail store manager. The occupation she enjoyed most though was as a dental assistant in the office of Dr. Chad McCoy.  
    As an avid seamstress, she enjoyed making clothes for family members and friends.
    She enjoyed swimming and scuba diving. The family spent many summers evenings and weekends at Missouri lakes – picnicking, swimming and skiing.
    She is survived by three daughters, Shelly Russell Mehrhoff and husband Dave, Chula, Mo., Diane Russell Stubbs and husband Jim, Kansas City, Mo., and Vicki Russell and husband Hank Waters, Columbia, Mo.
    A celebration of her life will be held 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the Chillicothe Eagles Lodge.
    Memorial contributions may be made to the Chillicothe Boys and/or Girl Scouts and may be left at or mailed to Lindley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 47, Chillicothe, MO 64601. Online condolences may be made at www.lindeyfuneralhomes.com.
    Arrangements are under the direction of Lindley Funeral Home, Chillicothe, Mo.

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