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Patricia Russell

January 17, 1937 — June 30, 2017

Patricia Lee Russell, 80, passed away Friday, June 30, 2017 in St George, Utah. She was born

January 17, 1937 in Rigby, Idaho to Lawrence and Donna Benson Lee people she missed every single day. Patricia graduated from Vernal High School and recieved BA and MA degrees from BYU. She married Robert Russell June 29, 1971 in the Salt Lake City temple.

Patricia taught junior high (her favorite) for seven years in Utah, California, and Illinois. She taught at BYU, U of Minnesota, and Central Washington U.

She loved the Lord and her family, serving in the LDS Church, serving other people, raising wonderful children, oil painting, detailed sketching, gourd design, land scaping,and was an exceptional athlete in tennis, pickle ball, softball, basketball, and golf. She was attracted to “people who are good, kind, honest, and cheerful.” In her words, “I love uplifting, positive, character-building, captivating books, but I also love fastidiously and beautifully written books.” When she left home for college, her mother asked her to wait to get married until she had dated 50 boys. She had dated 45 boys by Christmas of her freshman year, which alarmed her sweet mother.

Patricia is preceded in death by her parents and siblings. She is survived by her husband, two sons JR (Michelle) and Mark (Elizabeth) Russell, and eight grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held July 6, 2017 at 11:00 am at the Bloomington Hills 4th Ward Chapel 750 E. Fort Pierce Drive. A viewing will be held from 9:30-10:45 am prior to services at the church. Interment will be in the Orem City Cemetery.


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