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KARLA KAY HOELZEL RUSSELL

RUSSELL Karla Russell of Fairway, Kansas passed away August 10, 2013 at Village Shalom, knowing she will be deeply missed by her family. Karla was born July 16, 1944 in Kansas City to her parents Carl F. Hoelzel and Melva M. Hoelzel who preceded her in death. She is survived by her sisters Pam Hoelzel of Kansas City, Missouri, Janet Hoelzel of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Mary H. McBride and her husband Patrick McBride and two beloved nephews, Max L. McBride and Benjamin R. McBride, all of Prairie Village, Kansas. Following Karla's wishes, a small private family ceremony was held at Forest Hill Cemetery. Karla attended Notre Dame de Sion and graduated from the Barstow School. She was a graduate of the University of Kansas where she majored in elementary education. She was a much admired and dedicated elementary school teacher at Sequoyah School for over 10 years. Many of her students, as adults kept in touch with her. Karla had the opportunity to travel the world- visiting Australia, Africa, Europe, Japan, China, Hawaii, etc. Egypt was most memorable to her and she had large photographs from that journey on one of the walls of her home. Karla was an accomplished tennis player and formed many friendships at The Rockhill Club and The Carriage Club. Later in life, she volunteered at various grade schools in Kansas City to help students advance in reading. She volunteered for many years at Ronald McDonald House as well as senior nursing homes. She cared about people and in her modest way brought encouragement and hope to the situation at hand. Karla was a life-long member of Country Club Christian Church. The family wants to express their thanks to Kansas City Hospice and to the staff who cared for Karla during her stay at Village Shalom. The family suggests donations to the Ronald McDonald House or Rose Brooks. Mt Moriah & Freeman Funeral Home. 10507 Holmes Rd., Kansas City, MO 64131. (816) 942-2004 www.mtmoriah-freeman.com

Published in Kansas City Star on Aug. 25, 2013
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