Mrs. Russell was a homemaker and farmer. She was member of the Order of the Eastern Star and past Worthy Matron. She was a member of the High Twelve Club and Chamber of Commerce. In later years she helped develop farm land into industrial sites in Mascoutah, IL. She was a member of West View Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Russell, who died in 1999; her former husband, Ralph Scherer, who died in 1975; her parents Otis and Anna, nee Klingenhagen, Givenrod; two half-brothers, Oscar Heuring and Otis Givenrod II, and two half-sisters, Elsie Petri and Victoria Jung.
Surviving are a daughter, Louise Franke of New Baden, IL;
two grandchildren, Michael Franke of New Baden, IL, and Keith (Tammy) Franke of Trenton, IL;
two great-grandchildren, Brandon Franke and Rebecca Franke both of Trenton, IL;
two step-sons, Clyde (Betsy) Russell and Michael (Janis) Russell;
two step-daughters, Carolyn (Daniel) Payne and Deborah (Nathan) Reed;
and her canine companion, Josie.
Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, February 16, 2018, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL. An Eastern Star Ritual will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Funeral: Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 17, 2018, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Pastor Greg Sutter officiating.
Burial will be at Mascoutah City Cemetery, Mascoutah, IL.