Betty Russell Obituary

Funeral services for Betty Jane Russell, 93, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, March 7, 2024, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mrs. Russell passed away at 6:38 p.m., Sunday, March 3, 2024, at her home.
She was born January 18, 1931, at West Plains, Missouri, to John W. Barr and Temple Marie Barrett Barr. On February 17, 1951, she was married at West Plains, to Donald (Rusty) Russell, who preceded her in death on December 26, 1997. Mrs. Russell was a kindergarten teacher at St. Vincent Episcopal School for fifteen years. She loved reading, traveling, sewing and crossword puzzles; she loved her coffee. She also loved her friends and family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Betty enjoyed the holidays, especially Christmas. She was a member of the PEO sisterhood, the Francis West Guild and the First Christian Church.
She is survived by two children, Linda Ann Johnson and David Lee Russell and wife, Janet, all of West Plains; seven grandchildren, Jennifer, Callahan, West Plains, Bailey Russell, West Plains, Eli Russell, West Plains, Autumn Davis, West Plains, Derrick Hayes, Mountain Grove, Missouri, Vanessa Williams and husband, Thomas, West Plains and Zach Hayes, West Plains; and seven great-grandchildren, Quinsey Doolittle, Promise Russell, Lylian Williams, Pyper Williams, Liam Hayes, Prestyn Hayes and Allie Callahan.
Her parents, husband, one daughter, Donna Beth and her best friends, Marimartha Ritter, Pat Osborne, Charlene Buck and Cynthia Dunlap, preceded her in death.
The family would like to thank Hospice Compassus for the excellent care that was shown to Betty.
Mrs. Russell will lie in state from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Visitation services will be held from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m., Thursday, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in Oak Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Compassus and may be left at or mailed to Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, 211 West Main, West Plains, MO 65775. Online condolences may be left at
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