Sandra L. Russ
Sandra L. Russ peacefully passed away on Dec. 31, 2011 at the Olivia White Hospice Home. She was born to Walt and Vera Worman on a farm in Illinois. At the age of 6, her family moved to Tucson, Ariz. due to her brother’s asthma.
While working as a carhop she met the love of her life, Bill Russ, who happened to be the short order cook. She dropped out of school at 16 to marry Bill and moved to Phoenix. There they raised three children, Kathleen, Bryan and Alice. When the children were in high school, she went to work for the United States Department of Agriculture in cotton research in Pima County. She worked there for 20 years with her best friend of 48 years, Donna Cave.
After raising the children, Mr. and Mrs. Russ retired to Ponderosa Springs under the Mogollon Rim and spent more than 30 years there.
She adored her grandchildren, Heather, Holly, Michael, Bryan, Sarah, Jarod and Taylor. She made capes, bows and arrows, had tea parties and was always baking and making cutout cookies with them. Going to the cabin was always filled with laughter, fun and card games.
After her husband passed away in 2010, Mrs. Russ was diagnosed with breast cancer and came to Flagstaff for treatments. She and her mother, Vera, came to live with Kathleen and Mike Jones of Flagstaff.
She enjoyed her great-grandchildren, Ethan and Ryleigh and was excited to witness the birth of her third great-grandchild, Jameson Bella Renee Young. She greatly loved her family and was deeply loved back.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday Jan. 14 at Hansen Chapel, 8314 N. 7th Street, Phoenix. A reception will follow at the home of Bryan Russ, 3428 W Ironwood, Phoenix, Ariz.
Donations may be made to Flagstaff’s Military Support Group, M.A.N.A. Support Network/American Legion Post 3, 204 W Birch, Flagstaff, AZ 86001; Northland Hospice, P.O. Box 997, Flagstaff, AZ 86002; or The Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Condolences may be sent directly to the family or expressed online at www. FlagstaffMortuary.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of Lozano’s Flagstaff Mortuary.