Forest Lawn - Covina Hills
21300 Via Verde Drive
Covina, CA 91724
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Marilee Russell

1943 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Marilee Russell Obituary
Marilee Davies Russell passed away on January 18, 2018 at San Gorgonio Hospital from complications from pneumonia at the age of 74.
Marilee is survived by her daughter, Kate Toothacre; son-in-law, Danny Toothacre; grandson, Carter Toothacre; brother, John Davies; sister-in-law, Judy Davies; and sister, Diane Jonas. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Russell; her mother, Louise Davies; and her father, John F. Davies.
Marilee was born on October 3, 1943 in Ventura, CA to John and Louise Davies. She grew up in Ventura and later lived in San Jose, Santa Barbara, Moreno Valley, and finally, Beaumont, CA. She graduated from San Jose State with her degree in teaching and Cal Lutheran with a Master's in Special Education. Marilee retired from the Moreno Valley School District in 2005 as a first grade teacher.
Along with the many years she spent teaching, she also ran a group home for boys with her husband, James. She married James on July 2, 1966 in Ventura, CA and they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in the summer of 2016, shortly before James' death.
During retirement, Marilee and James relocated to Beaumont, CA and spent their time playing cards, cruising, and going to theme parties in their community. Marilee cultivated many wonderful friendships throughout her life and during retirement and her presence will be missed.
A memorial service will be held at Forest Lawn – Covina in Covina, CA on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 11:30am. Those who knew Marilee are welcome to attend. Rev. Jack Grubbs, a long time friend of the family, will officiate the service.
Published in Press-Enterprise on Jan. 31, 2018
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