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Funeral services for Ella Marie Chambers Russell, 75, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, July 27, 2012, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Russell died at 2:50 p.m., Monday, July 23, 2012, at Ozarks Medical Center.

She was born October 26, 1936, at Dora, Missouri, to William Calvin Chambers and Lois Tillman Chambers. She graduated from Dora High School and on February 15, 1954, she was married at Thayer, Missouri, to Carroll Eugene “Gene” Russell, who preceded her in death on March 17, 2006. Ella spent many years managing the family business, Russell’s Heating and Air; she also worked at Mid-West Auto, Wallace and Owens Grocery Store and Montgomery Ward. She loved to travel and enjoyed gospel and bluegrass music. She enjoyed her family and friends, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mrs. Russell was a member of the First Freewill Baptist Church.

She is survived by five children, Bill Russell, partner, Tracy, West Plains, Missouri, Ruby Russell, Pomona, Missouri, Bruce Russell, wife, Kelly, West Plains, Missouri, Dennis Russell, wife, Sherry, West Plains, Missouri and Marilyn Clinton, husband, Mark, West Plains, Missouri; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one brother, Dallas Chambers, wife, Lorene, Ava, Missouri; one sister-in-law, June Chambers, Memphis, Tennessee; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husband, one brother, Chester Chambers and one sister, Lozene Burnett, precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, July 26, 2012 at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Howell Valley Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to First Freewill Baptist Church or the Cancer Treatment Center Patient Fund, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at

One Response to “Ella Russell”

  • Jodie Ficken says:

    Ruby, Thinking of you and yours with heartfelt wishes for peace and serenity at the passing of your loved one. Will hold you close in prayer. Jodie Ficken

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