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Marlene Russell

October 26, 2018
Traer Star-Clipper

Marlene Ruth Russell, daughter of Will and Emma (Harmsen) Hamann, was born January 17, 1933 on the family farm near Gladbrook. In high school, she was a cheerleader and baton twirler, and after her graduation from Reinbeck in 1950, Marlene continued to teach baton twirling for 15 years. She also worked for John Deere in Waterloo. On September 7, 1952, Marlene married William Russell at the United Methodist Church in Grundy Center.

Marlene spent her early married years working on the family farm and raising her three children. Bill and Marlene retired from the farm in 1989 and moved into Traer. In her "retirement," Marlene was employed at the local dress shop and later sorted corn.

She was an active member of the Traer United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday school and served in other church ministries. Marlene loved animals of all kinds, treasured time with family and friends, appreciated a good laugh and playing games, and enjoyed being on the farm. Her kindness and compassion touched many lives. Throughout her life, Marlene found joy in taking care of her garden and flowers, preserving the harvest, cheering for the Chicago Bulls, and creating and sewing crafts. She was rarely seen without sparkle or two in her outfit, truly fitting for her bright spirit.

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Marlene was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Leonard, Howard (Moose), and Nick; and two sisters, Vivian and a stillborn infant. She was survived by her husband of 66 years; a son, Randy; two daughters, Diane (Mike) Riddle and Jackie (Dave) Fallis; six grandchildren, Jake (Michelle), Morgan (Brian), Andrew (Heather), Lance, Jacob, and Kelsey; and two great-grandchildren, Jocelyn and Emberlee.

In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to the United Methodist Church mission or the Humane Society in Marlene Russell's name.



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