Jacqueline Russell

Celebration of life for Jacqueline Russell, 77, Lawrence, will be 10 am, Friday, July 15, 2022, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial will take place at 1 pm, Monday, July 18, 2022, at Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Springfield, Missouri.

Jackie passed away on July 10, 2022, at her sister’s home in Topeka.

She was born March 16, 1945, in Honolulu, Hawaii, the daughter of Eleanor Botelho. She graduated from Farrington High School in Honolulu. Jackie was a homemaker and was talented in many ways, especially enjoying flowers, art, painting, traveling, and genealogy. She was a member of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church.

She married Russel George Russell on October 22, 1963, in Honolulu. He preceded her in death in 2012. Survivors include two daughters, Rebecca Russell, Lawrence, and Laura Blevins, Hollister, Mo.; two siblings, Toni Nelson and husband Vernon, Topeka, and Winnie Botelho, Honolulu; six grandchildren, Heather and Bethanie Russell, Holden Oglesby, and Cody, Morgan, and McKenna Blevins; six great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Lawrence Humane Society, in care of the funeral home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66046. 

Messages & Condolences

From Lorraine Vasconcelles...

Jackie will always be my beautiful niece. I shall miss her very much but she will always be in my heart. Love you always, Jackie.

From Lynda and Fred...

Fred and I met Jackie while staying at the Reef Club in IRB Florida. We became good friends over the years and looked forward to seeing each other as the years clicked on. We will truly miss seeing Jacquie as the time passes onward. Our sympathies go to Toni and Vernon, and dear little Virginia Rose.

From Linda Nelson...

Memories of your times spent with Jackie are treasures in this time of sadness. May she rest in peace and my condolences to the family.

From Nancy Gordon...

Jackie was so special. She was lovely, caring and had a great sense of humor. There is so much to say about my wonderful cousin. Memories of time spent with Jackie and Russ will always remain in my heart. Though we lived miles apart we were family. She will be missed by so many. God bless you, dearest Jackie.

From Dianna Nelson...

Jackie and I shared duties at the Maine Street desk volunteering at LMH before COVID paused us. She often shared how much she enjoyed the flowering plants in her yard, working at the KU Monarch Project with her sister, baking with her granddaughter and doting on her sweet pup. She was a lovely lady who encouraged and supported me when my husband was first diagnosed with dementia. I am very sorry for your loss.

From Cathy rowden...

We felt like family with Jackie and Russ. Jackie was always upbeat and happy. She was the greatest cook I knew and we loved spending time together. As the years went by we drifted apart but we always knew we could count on them if we needed anything. Jackie will be missed and she was so loved by many

From Loretta Vasconcelles...

Jackie was not just my cousin she was my best friend and my rock. She was always there for me when I needed somebody the most. I will truly miss her and I love her very much. She will truly be missed.

From Tom and Diane Harrington...

Tom and I had many great times with Jackie and Russ. After moving to Lawrence she became part of our family celebrations. We loved them both and glad they can be reunited. Our sincere condolences to the family.

From Janelle Kershaw Achord...

I met Mr. and Mrs. Russell when Becky And I became best friends in High School in Galveston. I loved them as my own family and spent a lot of time at their house growing up. You will be missed here but we know you are reunited with your other half now. My sincere condolences to Mrs. Russell’s family and close friends.

From Becky Holm...

I’m sorry to hear of Jacque’s passing. I volunteered with her at LMH and she was such a pleasant lady to work with and had a beautiful smile!
I offer my sincere condolences to her family.

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