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Anna Russell

March 5, 1928 — March 14, 2019

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


Funeral Service

First United Methodist Church
200 S. Penn Ave.
Independence, KS  67301
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
10:00 am


Altoona Cemetery
Altoona, KS  66710
Wednesday, March 20, 2019

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