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Dorotha Mae Russell

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Dorotha Mae Russell Obituary
Dorotha Mae Russell

Born: March 3, 1920

Died: May 10, 2018

Dorotha Mae (Weise) Russell was born in Adair County, IA on March 3, 1920, the daughter of August F. and Matilda F. (Wambold) Weise. She died in Tomball, TX on May 10, 2018.

As part of the war effort, she moved to Champaign, Illinois in 1942 as the first woman telegrapher for the Illinois Central Railroad. There she met and married Robert J. Russell.

She is survived by two children, Marilee K. Belanger of Spring, TX and Robert O. (Ann) Russell of Biloxi, MS; and three grandchildren.

Dorotha was ordained a Deacon of the United Methodist Church in June, 1973, and served many congregations in the Central Illinois Conference until her retirement.

Her cremains will be buried beside those of her husband in East Lawn Cemetery, Urbana IL.

Memorial contributions may be made to Cunningham Children's Home, 1301 N Cunningham Ave., Urbana IL 61802.
Published in Morris Herald-News on May 17, 2018
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