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09/07/1946 — 07/28/2018
From West Richland, WA | Born in Tacoma, WA
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RUSSELL, Linda Mae
It is with great sadness that the family of Linda Mae Russell announces her passing on Saturday July 28th, 2018 at the age of 71 years. Linda will be lovingly remembered by her daughter Lisa Jacob and her brother Charles Alden Russell and wife Mike Russell. Linda will also be sadly missed by her three grandchildren Ashley Grier, Alexander Jacob, and Tatianna Latimore, 2 nieces Darlene Russell-Neunherz and Charlene Russell, 6 great grandchildren, and a great niece and great nephew. She was preceded in death by her parents Charles Russell and Hilda Russell, and her sisters Marlene Kallioinen and Dianne Russell.
Linda was a vibrant, fun, exotic, energetic person that loved
to dance, play, and laugh. She doted on
her family and maintained a vast network of close friends. Among her closest friends, Linda remained
dedicated to four special people – Andi, Karla, Sylvia and Nori. Andi and Linda had been close since the 3rd
grade. Karla, Sylvia, Nori and Linda
referred to themselves as the quartet, nicknaming themselves the “disco queens”. These four special ladies remained close to
Linda throughout her life.
Linda loved her family, fawning over her grandchildren, and adoring her brother’s children and grandchildren as if they were her own. She went out of her way to visit and play, always bringing the children gifts when she visited. Her next visits would be anxiously awaited, when tales of her latest adventures would be shared.
Linda worked in the Hanford area for many years in various roles, and outside of work pursued a vast array of hobbies. She loved traveling and ventured across the US to numerous places – always with friends – spending significant time in Mexico and Alaska. She was an animal enthusiast, with a special love for horses and peacocks. For years Linda’s horses competed in competitions with her horse training BFF, Kelly, winning numerous ribbons together. Linda also loved to help people, facilitating the reunion of several adoptees with their birth parents, as well as aiding colleagues and friends acquire the medical help and support they needed.
The family would like to express our extreme gratitude to Kadlec hospital’s ICU staff, and team of doctors that supported Linda during her time of need. The family further thanks Andi, Karla, Marilyn, and Nori for their support of Linda, and her family.
Linda’s celebration of life will be held on Saturday August 11th, at 1:00 p.m., at Einan’s At Sunset Gardens Event Center, 915 By-Pass Highway, Richland, Washington, 99352. Memorial donations, in lieu of flowers, can be made to your local animal shelter or favorite charity.
I worked with Linda at N Reactor. I am sorry to hear of her passing.