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Kathleen Russell-Oakley


1937 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
KATHLEEN JAN RUSSELL-OAKLEY (1937-2017)
In the early morning hours of Saturday, April 8, 2017, Kathleen "Kate" Jan Russell-Oakley passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home in Corona, California. Kathleen had been battling several ailments for months, but ultimately succumbed to her illness. Kathleen was surrounded by friends and family in her final days. She was 79.
Kathleen was born June 1, 1937, in Detroit, Michigan, to Thomas and Marion Russell. Thomas and Marion also had another daughter, Judith Russell. After the marriage of her parents, they moved to Mentor, Ohio, where she and her sister were raised. Kathleen eventually married her husband, Kenneth K. Oakley on May 25th, 1963. They then moved to Mentor in 1968 and spent the next 18 years raising their family until 1986, when they moved to Sunnymead, California, to be with her mother, father, and sister.
Kathleen was a mother to all. She ran a daycare out of their Ohio home for 11 years and was affectionately called "Oakley" by many. She had a passion for her family and all the many animals they shared through the years. Kathleen was a mother, mentor, teacher and friend to all. She had a love for the arts. She was a gifted and talented seamstress as well as an artist in the many genres of the art world. Kathleen was best known by many for her loving and generous heart as well as her sense of humor. Kathleen will be remembered as a gregarious, kind, talented, strong and fun-loving woman who loved her friends and family and countless animals. Kathleen was also a breast cancer survivor.
Kathleen is survived by her two daughters, Karen and Kristin, their husbands, Matt and Brian, as well as her five grandchildren; Erin, Brian, Megan, Tyler and Reid.
Services will be held at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, California on April 28th @ 2:00 in the afternoon. She will be laid to rest next to her husband, Kenneth. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Reid's Gift (A non-profit organization for the developmentally challenged named in memory of her grandson, Reid Thompson, who passed tragically in his sleep in 2007). Reidsgift.org. For more information, you may contact us @ [email protected] (Karen) or [email protected] (Kristin). Arrangements Entrusted to the Care of

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Published in Press-Enterprise on Apr. 21, 2017
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