Marjorie Alair Russell, 88, of Walla Walla passed away on March 7, 2013, at Park Manor Rehabilitation Center from the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s disease.
She was born Nov. 1, 1924, in Dayton, the eldest of four siblings, to Clive and Ruth Hunt Badgley. Marge graduated from Dayton High School in 1942 and married Dallas Russell on June 11, 1942, in Lewiston, and
together they had four children.
Being a product of the Depression era, she grew up to be hard working and resourceful. She cooked many meals for harvest crews in her home and in the field cook trailer. She was an exceptional seamstress and made most of her children’s clothes while they were in school. She was active in the PTA at Washington Elementary School and Garrison Junior High. Later, she worked from home doing monogramming and alterations and watching her grandsons, Peter Russell and Jonathan Pitner. Her last employment was at Whitman College in the kitchen of the old Student Union building, where she loved the interaction with the students.
She enjoyed her yard and flowers and was always up for a game of pinochle or cribbage. She crocheted afghans and lap robes by the dozens and distributed them to everyone she knew and those she didn’t know. She took pride in providing all the cakes for her family’s special
“Gramma Marge” had a special bond with her granddaughter, Kristi Maiuri, and grandson, Austin. The family will be forever grateful for the superior care and respect she received from Krista and all the others at Park Manor.
Marge was preceded in death by her infant daughter, Shirley; husband, Dallas; grandson, Jonathan Pitner; brother, Don Badgley; and sisters, Mary Lee Huff and Dorothy Sousley. She is survived by her daughters, Linda Bond of San Diego, Dianne (Bob) Pitner of Damascus, Ore.; son, Don Russell of Walla Walla; her grandchildren, Russell and David Bond, Pete and Alison (Camp) Russell, Krista Maiuri and Brett and Patrick Connelly; 12 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The memorial funeral service will be held on Friday, March 15, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla, with Rev. Steve Morris officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice through the funeral home. Family and friends are invited to sign the online guestbook at www.herringgroseclose.com.