Anna Luella Russell, 91, passed away Thursday, March 14, 2019 at Morningstar Care Homes of Neodesha, Kansas. A celebration of Anna's life will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Independence, Kansas on Wednesday, March 20th at 10:00am.
Ann was born in Altoona, Kansas on March 5, 1928 to John and Agnes Woodruff. Ann taught school in one room schools in Wilson and Montgomery counties in the late 1940's. While teaching, Ann attended Pittsburg State Teachers College during the summer to keep her teaching license active. She married Dale Russell in Altoona, Kansas on May 28, 1950 at the Presbyterian Church in Altoona, Kansas. On, August 4, 1958, Dale and Ann adopted Dala Ann and Tammy Jo. Ann lived in Neodesha for 15 years before moving to Wichita, Kansas in 1966 for Dale's employment. Ann worked for Henry's and Hinkles Clothing Stores as a retail clerk for many years. In 1980, she retired and spent her time caring for her 3 grandsons, Randy, Chris and Nick Jamis. This was her favorite job. Ann was an active member in the Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church in Wichita, Kansas and First United Methodist Church in Independence, Kansas for many years. After Dale's retired, Ann loved to travel, go camping, sewing, making quilts, cooking and most of all spending time with her family and grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her daughter, Dala Russell, parents, John and Agnes Woodruff, sisters, Mabel Williams, and Marjorie Hallbauer and brother, Joe Woodruff.
She is survived by her husband, Dale Russell of Neodesha, KS, daughter, Tammy Russell of Wichita, KS, sisters, Mamie Erbe, and Irma Violet both of Neodesha, KS, brother, Johnny Woodruff of Las Vegas, NV, 6 grandsons, 23 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorials can be made in Ann's name to Harry Hynes Hospice or The First United Methodist Church. Memorials can be left with Loran Fawcett Chapel. The family has requested casual attire for all in attendance. To leave the family a special message of condolence please visit www.loranfawcettfuneralhome.com.
To my family
When our loved ones die, they don’t leave home they go home.
Sending prayers for your loss.
John w.woodruffLas vegas, NV
Dale, So sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you.
Don and Devona MooreIndependence, KS
So sorry to hear of Ann passing away. Our Prayers are with
Don & Devona MooreIndependence, KS
Farewell Aunt Ann. I will never forget your smile and how happy you always seem to be to see me. You made me feel loved and welcomed. I'm glad you were at peace and have no more pain. You will be missed and I know that you know you were loved dearly.
Kathie MillerWichita, KS
Dale, I was so sorry to hear of Anna's passing. I attended the service today, it was a beautiful tribute to her memory. I regret that I never got to know her during the time you and I have been acquainted.
Josh OthnielIndependence, KS
Dear Mr. Russell, I am sad to hear about Anne. I always loved our visits at church and Eggberts. I will be praying for you! Deepest Sympathies, Rita
Rita Fail BishopIndependence, KS
We are so sorry for your loss. Ann introduced me to a delicious cheese cake many years ago and I was lucky enough to get the recipe from her even though I learned later from her daughter that it was an "old family recipe" and wasn't supposed to be given away. I appreciate the years that we were friends. Thoughts and prayers to Dale and family.
Frank and Millie JamisWichita, KS
Mamie & family sorry to hear of Ann s passing.
Vicki HoltzmanAltoona, KS
Tammy, I’m so sorry for you and your family’s loss. Praying🙏🏻 I remember your folks from spending the night at your house when we were in high school. Sweet family.
Serena (Stull) GarnerThornburg, AR
It was so Great when Ann and Dale celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in Wichita several years ago. She was a great grandmother to her 2 generations coming up behind her, all the great-grand-kids enjoyed all the trips to Neodesha to visit on weekends. She was strong willed and would direct a conversation until the last couple months. God bless to her and Dale plus family!
Duane & Carolyn BergkampWichita, KS
So so sorry for your loss Uncle Dale Aunt Ann will be missed by all. We all love you . I remember Aunt Ann asking how I was doing and Krista
Tricia RussellChanute, KS
Love you grandma. You are now at peace.
Jeramey GibsonAustin, TX
We are so very sorry to hear of Ann passing away. Her, Dale & family was our neighbors and dear friends for many years. We will miss her so much! Our thoughts, love and prayers goes out to her family.
Loren & Romona PeckNeodesha, KS