Jeanne Russell

Jeanne Russell

Friday, February 12th, 1932 - Thursday, June 6th, 2019
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Jeanne P. Russell, age 87 years of Jefferson City, Missouri died Thursday, June 6, 2019.

She was born February 12, 1932, in St. Louis, Missouri to John Lancaster Porter and Harriet Averill Porter. She went to Holy Redeemer School in Webster Grove, MO and then Immaculate Conception and St. Peter grade schools in Jefferson City. She attended and graduated from St. Peter High School. She attended one year at Webster College in Webster Groves, MO, where she showed great promise as an art student.

Her work history included Kansas City Life Insurance, the Jewel Shop, American Life & Accident Insurance Co, and 22 years at Employment Security, from where she retired in 1991.

On July 31, 1971, she married Ben Wood Russell, Jr. who preceded her in death on July 7, 2001.

She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, Immaculate Conception Church Circle where she was a member of the Council of Clubs and represented the Church Circle for 12 years. She was a member of ARMSE (the MO State Retired Employees group), the American Legion Auxiliary, The Elks Club swimming pool, the Capital Region Hospital Auxiliary, St. Mary’s Hospital Auxiliary and two bridge clubs. She and Ben were charter members of the Learning in Retirement group.

She is survived by: two sons, Richard S. Starks II (Aimee), and David L. Starks (Tobi); six grandchildren, Andrea Starks-Corbin (Jared), Lauren Starks Franklin (Stephen), Ashley Bertolotti Geritz (Chad), Carrie Bertolotti Lawrence (Parker), Leslie Starks and Leah Starks; two great-grandchildren, Eleanor Vaughan Corbin and Landree Jean Geritz; two sisters, Harriett Debroeck Stockman (Jack) of Mill Creek, Washington and Gloriana L’Ecuyer of St. Louis, Missouri; and her stepson, Ben Wood Russell III (Jeannie) and their family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ben Wood Russell, Jr.; her daughter, Catherine Starks Bertolotti; and her grandson, Ehren Stanley Starks.

Visitation will be from 12:00 noon until 1:30 p.m. on next Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at Immaculate Conception Church.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. next Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at Immaculate Conception Church with the Reverend Donald Antweiler officiating. Private interment will be at Resurrection Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to St. Joseph Bluffs, Hospice Compassus, or the American Cancer Society.

Funeral arrangements are under the care of Freeman Mortuary.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, June 19th, 2019 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm
    Wednesday, June 19th, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm
    Immaculate Conception Church
    1206 East McCarty Street
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  • Service

    Wednesday, June 19th, 2019 | 1:30pm
    Wednesday, June 19th, 2019 1:30pm
    Immaculate Conception Church
    1206 East McCarty Street
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    The Reverend Don Antweiler
  • Interment

    Resurrection Cemetery
    3015 West Truman Boulevard
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Steve Garr

Posted at 10:25am
We certainly considered Jeanne to be a dear and special friend. She loved her backyard birds and loved sharing them with others, especially her Bluebirds! She was a very good "Bluebird Landlord" and was a supportive member of the Missouri Bluebird Society.
We were blessed to have known her and will miss her dearly.
Steve Garr
President, Missouri Bluebird Society

Beth and Dave Bock

Posted at 10:32am
Rick, Aimee, and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you - we are so sorry for your loss. We know Jeanne was very special; may a part of her live on in this way as well as in the hearts of her family and those who knew her.
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Ben and Jeannie Russell

Posted at 07:13pm
Jeanne, you will be in our hearts forever. Love always ~
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Joshua Holzhauser

Posted at 07:34am
To family and friends. I am so very sorry for the passing of Jeanne Russell , it is always hard to lose someone special. It may be comforting to know that our God Jehovah is also saddened by death and even Jesus gave way to tears at John 11:33,35. Another comforting thought is to know the future of such ones. Isaiah 26:19 tells us about the promise our God has made to us to resurrect our loved ones from death. I hope this has brought you even the slightest comfort, please know that Jehovah the God of all comfort will always be there comforting you through trials (2 Corinthians 1:3,4). If you are interested in more bible based comfort this is a good article:

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