Barbara Deane Russell passed away in her sleep on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 in Mesa, Arizona. She was born in Spokane, Washington on March 4, 1928, the forth of six children, to Hiram Walter and Esther Cora Wheeler. Barbara was married on November 8, 1947 to James G. Russell, who passed away in 2000, after 53 years of marriage.
Barbara is survived by her two sons, Kenneth D. Russell and Gary L. Russell; 11 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; eight “step” grandchildren; 20 “step” great-grandchildren; as well as her brother, Jack Wheeler.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her three older sisters, and one younger brother.
At age 91, Barbara had a long, wonderful life as a good wife, mother, and friend to all. Her acts of true love and charity will live on in our memory forever.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00am on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Thunder Mountain Ward, 7752 East McDowell Road, Mesa, Arizona 85207. A visitation and viewing will be held at 9:00am, just prior to the funeral service. At 12:15pm there will be an escorted procession to the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 North Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, Arizona 85024, for the graveside service at 1:30pm, where Barbara will join her husband in burial.