Joan (Fritz) Russell

Born: Thu., Dec. 17, 1931
Died: Wed., Feb. 4, 2015


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Feb. 06, 2015
Location: Oblong First Baptist Church

Celebration of Life

10:30 AM Sat., Feb. 07, 2015
Location: Oblong First Baptist Church

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Joan Russell, 83, of Oblong, IL went to be with her Lord and Savior at 4:07 a.m. on Wednesday, February 4, 2015. She was residing at Ridgeview Care Center in Oblong, IL.

Born on December 17, 1931 in Robinson, IL, she was the daughter of Edward “Ed” Fritz and Hattie (Watts) Fritz. On August 19, 1956 she married Robert V. “Bob” Russell and he preceded her in death on August 7, 2009.

Joan was a 1949 graduate of the Oblong High School; a graduate of Indiana Business College, Terre Haute, IN.; a graduate of Varner’s Beauty School, Paris, IL.; formerly employed with Hulman and Company of Terre Haute, IN. for many years, Joan was the secretary to the sales manager; and was previously employed at Harmon’s Drug Store, Oblong, IL. Joan was a member of the First Baptist Church of Oblong for over 50 years. She enjoyed needlework, especially embroidering as well as being a mother and housewife.

Joan is survived by her two sons and daughters-in-law John Edward and Deborah “Debbie” Russell and James William and Kim Russell, all of Oblong, IL; six grandchildren and spouses: Robert and Melinda Russell, Rose Hill, IL; George and Gail Russell, Emmie Jo and James Liddle, William Ova Russell, Lucas Donnal Russell, Clara Jean Russell, all of Oblong; 10 great-grandchildren; a niece Paula Pavia of Dallas, TX; a nephew Alan Miller of Bartlesville, OK; along with several nieces and nephews on Bob’s side of the family.

Preceding Joan in death were her parents; her husband; twin sister, Jean Fritz; her sister Maxine and brother-in-law Floyd Miller.

Celebration of Joan’s Life Service will be held at 10:30 AM Saturday, February 7, 2015 at the Oblong First Baptist Church, 201 South Garfield St., Oblong, IL, with Bro Justin Sweitzer officiating. Burial will follow in the Berlin Cemetery, rural Oblong. Visitation will be held from 4 PM to 7 PM Friday, February 6, 2015 at the church.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of a contribution to the Baptist Children’s Home, Carmi, IL or to the Oblong First Baptist Church with envelopes at the church or may be mailed to the funeral home at Pulliam Funeral Home, PO Box 121, Oblong, IL 62449.

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Doyle & Barb Purcell
   Posted Fri February 06, 2015
John, Jim and families; Our thoughts and prayers are with you in the loss of you mother and grandmother. Having known your mother as long as I can remember,I have always thought of her as being a very special lady, she will be greatly missed by many. Doyle & Barb

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