Louise sue RusseLL
Louise Sue Russell, age 87, passed away at her home in Texas on July 19, 2019. Louise was born on December 9, 1931 near Excelsior Springs, MO, the daughter of Lowery H and Carrie (Clevenger) Crum. Louise graduated from Excelsior Springs High school in 1947. After graduation, she worked at the Clay County State Bank, Excelsior Springs for nine years and then at Phillips Petroleum, Kansas City, Mo. Louise took college courses from William Jewell College, Lambert, Mo. and Butler County Community College, El Dorado, KS. She worked in the Russell & Sons Construction office in Eureka, KS from 1986-1991.
She was married to Lee Wray Russell, May 16, 1954 in Excelsior Springs, Mo. Their two children, Mark and Jana were born while they lived in Liberty, Mo. The family moved to Eureka, KS in 1966.
Louise was a member of the Eureka Methodist Church and served as Sunday school teacher, President of United Methodist Women, Lay Leader and on various committees. She served as President of the Eureka Library Board 1980-82 and Golf Chairwoman of the Eureka County Club at different times. She was a Cub Scout Den Mother, Girl Scout Leader and Neighborhood chair. She organized the Red Hat Gals, a chapter of the Red Hat Society, in Eureka KS.
Louise was a member of the Eureka PEO Chapter FR and the Sun Lakes PEO Group D. In 1987, she was honored as the Kansas Land Improvement Contractor’s Wife of the year and the National LICA Contractor’s wife of the year. During her husband’s term as President of Associated General Contractors, she accompanied him to many meetings in the US and Internationally.
Louise is survived by her husband of 65 years, Lee Wray Russell; son Mark Russell and his fiancé Michelle Neilson live in Tyler, TX, and his daughter Katherine Russell in Atlanta, GA. Louise’s daughter Jana resides in Longview Texas with her husband Rev. Dr. John Whitehurst and their son Russell Whitehurst.
Her parents; brothers, Herbert Crum, Clevenger Crum; and sister LaRue Stein, preceded her in death.
On Saturday, August 3, in Excelsior Springs Mo. a visitation began at 9:30 a.m. and the funeral services were at 11 a.m. Bross & Spidle Funeral Home on 217 W. Broadway, Excelsior Springs, Mo. 64024
On Saturday, August 10, there will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. in Eureka, Kansas at the Eureka United Methodist Church at 521 N. Main St.