Shirley Rae (Hansel) Russell

Born: Tue., Jul. 29, 1930
Died: Wed., Jan. 10, 2018

Memorial Service

1:00 PM Mon., Jan. 15, 2018
Location: Northwood Funeral Home & Crematory

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Shirley Rae Russell, 87, of Tequesta, passed away on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at Good Samaritan Medical Center, due from complications of liver disease. After graduation from St. Luke's Nursing School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, she worked for Baylor University and subsequently moved on to Denver, CO, where she met her husband, the Honorable Otis Butler Russell, Jr. They eventually made their home in West Palm Beach where she worked at Good Samaritan Hospital as a surgical nurse for 38 years retiring in 1996. She was a long time member of the Association of Operating Room Nurses of the Palm Beaches (AORN) serving in many capacities including President, and was named Member of the Year in 1984. She subsequently worked at the North County Surgery Center in Palm Beach Gardens. Shirley gave freely to help others including volunteering at Our Sister's Place in Tequesta as well as the Jupiter Medical Center Thrift Shop in Jupiter. Shirley was a lover of sports, specifically baseball, and loved to play golf. She was an avid gardener and an avid card player including bridge. Born in Edgewood, Iowa, she spent summers there after her retirement. She was a member of the Edgewood Trinity United Church and a Red Hatter there, as well. She spent many hours volunteering at the thrift shop in Manchester, Iowa, just as in Palm Beach County. Shirley was predeceased by her husband, Judge Otis Butler Russell, Jr., and is survived by her children, Constance L. (Kenneth) Kittrell of Albany, GA., Frederick A. (Maria) of Lake Worth, Nancy A. Russell and husband, Victor of West Palm Beach, Thomas B. Russell of Tequesta; ten grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and various nieces and nephews. Also preceding her in death was her sister, Barbara; her parents; as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews. Shirley was a lover of life and friends. She took care of all she knew and loved. A Memorial service will be held at 1:00 PM Monday, January 15, 2018, at NORTHWOOD FUNERAL HOME, 5608 Broadway, West Palm Beach, with Rev. Gay Robertson of Trinity United Methodist Church of Palm Beach Gardens officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations to your family charity would be appreciated.

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Robert Spear
   Posted Fri January 12, 2018


Thinking of the Russell family during this time. Bob, Normay, Matthew and Marie from the Lake Worth Towers.

neal hansel
   Posted Fri January 12, 2018
so sorry to hear about shirley

Judy Fannon Sanchez
   Posted Sat January 13, 2018
Russell Family,
So sorry for your loss. I have many wonderful childhood memories of our families when you would come to Edgewood. Shirley was sure a kind and beautiful soul. May she rest in peace.
Keeping you all in our thoughts and hearts.

Judy Fannon Sanchez and Family

Dr Richard A Lynn. Surgeon
   Posted Sun January 14, 2018
My deepest condolences. She was a great lady and always looked iut for me and my surgical cases at Goid Sam. I always felt secure when she was there
G-d bless

Steven and Lisa Lynch
   Posted Sun January 14, 2018
Fred and Russel family - Lisa and I wanted to express our sympathy
and condolences. We trust God will provide comfort to you and your family.

   Posted Sun January 14, 2018
It is my hope that the family continue to receive comfort from God’s words at John 11:25 and Daniel 12:2.

Dr & Mrs Abe Szmukler
   Posted Mon January 15, 2018
We were sadden to learn of Shirley's passing. Shirley was a excellent nurse , a caring person and a good friend . Working with her was a pleasure. She will be missed.

jean pantley
   Posted Thu January 18, 2018
sorry for you loss. I was a volunteer for over 10 years at Our Sister's and remember your mother as always be glad to be there. She will be missed by all she had ever met

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