A much loved wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend, Sandy Russell, 71, of Warrensburg, died suddenly of a brain aneurysm July 5, 2013 in Colorado. She was born December 15, 1941 in Liberty, Missouri, to Arthur 'Bud' and Henrietta Morris. A graduate of the University of Missouri, she and Bob, her husband of nearly fifty years, resided in Warrensburg for the past forty-five. With her ice blue eyes and movie- star smile, it's no stretch to imagine that in her youth, Sandy was a true beauty queen. A model in Kansas City, she was Princess of the 1957 Kansas City Auto Show and as a Tri Delta at the University of Missouri was named one of Glamour Magazine's 'Top Ten Best Dressed Women' in 1962. Much more than just a pretty face, Sandy had a fine mind and believed that women could achieve anything. After marrying Bob, Sandy taught first grade in Kansas City before having children. She then taught art in the Knob Noster public schools before becoming a successful realtor and real estate developer. She sat on the Board of First Central Bank. In the last several years, she pursued a life long dream of owning cattle and created the Bucket List Cattle Company. Always one to make the world around her a better place, Sandy was an active member of the Warrensburg Community. Sandy was a member of the School Board in the 1970s, a Board Member of the UCM Foundation, a Board Member of the Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of Military Affairs and Past President of the Whiteman Air Force Base Community Council and Civilian Air Boss of the Air Show at Whiteman for the past twenty-five years. Highly artistic and musically inclined, Sandy was a sculptress, stained glass artist, knitter, needlepointer and crocheter. Essentially, there was nothing she could not achieve when she put her mind to it. In the 1970s she and five of her friends formed a band called "The Girls' and played many gigs around Warrensburg with Sandy as guitarist and back-up singer. She decided at fifty to learn to play the piano and though not a virtuoso, could still play well enough for others to sing along. Sandy was known for a keen sense of humor and an incredible sense of adventure that likely was sparked by her participation in 1962 in the first People-to-People program to Berlin. Not only did she get her pilot's license and run a marathon before it was cool to do so, she jumped out of a plane, white water rafted through Ecuador, traveled solo through China and caught a 300-pound marlin while deep-sea fishing to name a few of her many accomplishments. Always up for a thrill, she was hot-air ballooning and hiking Fish Creek Falls in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, the day before she collapsed. Sandy was best known, however, as a wonderful cook and entertainer. Her cinnamon rolls will be remembered by all that tasted them. Her favorite activities were baking cookies with her four beloved grandchildren, the horse and livestock shows at the American Royal, her annual trip with the Ladies of the Lake, anything Native American, cheering on the Mules and Jennies and attending to her very spoiled cows. Her greatest love was undoubtedly her family. The most devoted wife, mother and grandmother, her family always came first. In addition to her husband Bob, she leaves behind her three favorite people: her son Rob and wife Kelly, of Sedalia, her son Randy and companion Ann Bailey of Warrensburg, and her daughter Beth of Jupiter, Florida. Additionally she leaves behind four beloved grandchildren: Carly, Ryan, Andrew and Nick; a daughter-in-law, Kelly; three grand-dogs and many wonderful nieces and nephews. Predeceasing her are her mother Henrietta Morris, her father Arthur Allen Morris, her brother Arthur Allen Morris, Jr., her son-in-law Geoffrey Neuhoff, her niece Becky and her darling dog Patou. Memorial services will be Wednesday, July 10, at 2PM at the First Christian Church of Warrensburg, with Pastor Jerry Bayse officiating. A celebration and reception will follow at the Russell Farm, 255 SE 600 Rd., in Warrensburg. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to: Show Me Christian Youth Home, PO Box 6, Lamonte, MO 65337 or The Harvesters, or 816-929- 3000. Donations may be left in care of the Sweeney-Phillips and Holdren Funeral Home.
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Published by Kansas City Star on Jul. 8, 2013.
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Daisy Williamson
April 27, 2014
It is so inspiring to read her many accomplishments. She leaves behind a legacy of her own. So proud to call this wonderful woman my Great Aunt. May her life be celebrated through her husband, children, and grand-children.
Candace Newsom
July 11, 2013
Sincere condolence to the Russell Family. Sandy made a room light up with her beautiful smile. She will be greatly missed.
Marvin Buford
July 11, 2013
Your lovely lady will be missed by all who knew her. We were always happy to call her a friend.
Love and prayers
Rick and Wendy Pinne
July 10, 2013
My condolences to you and your family, I will say prayers for you all.
When you spoke of your wife you lit up and I could see and feel the love , respect and fun you shared as a couple!
I believe your wife really lived my always laughed when saying it to me in our conversations...
Please remember to Seize the day,
Lori Thomas
Austin, TX
July 9, 2013
Bob: We were very saddened to hear of Sandy's passing. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Ric & Nita Domnitz
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
July 9, 2013
We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Sandy. Ann and I expressed to Bob and their children our deepest and most heartfelt condolences. Knowing Sandy, her spirit will live on.
Stephen Chapdelaine
July 9, 2013
I'm sorry to hear about the death of your mother. You and your family are in my thoughts during this difficult time. I enjoyed reading her obituary - sounds like she was a fabulous person!
Katie (Cahalan) Christensen
Katie Christensen
July 9, 2013
Our hearts go out to the Russell family. We are so sorry for your loss.
Nancy Davis
July 9, 2013
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with.
Susan Mullin
July 9, 2013
Randy and Family.
Sorry to hear about your Mom.. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time..
Kent Sinnett
July 8, 2013
To the Russell Family. I was saddened to learn of Sandy's passing. I will always remember her as a beautiful woman who could light up a room. Sharon Sohns
Sharon Sohns
July 8, 2013
Bob and Family
We are saddened by your tremendous loss. Sandy was a rare person who packed 100 years of living into a short 71 years. You are in our thoughts and prayers. John and Charlene Flynn
July 8, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with you. What a fine lady! She will be missed.
Linda Edwards, Warrensburg
July 8, 2013
Our condolences to Judge Russell and his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you always.
Gary Hooper and Family
July 8, 2013
Just reading what she has accomplished in her life wears me out. She would have been a wonderful woman to know. May you find peace in Gods healing arms.
carl smith
July 8, 2013
Our heart felt condolences to the Russell Family. Sandy will be greatly missed. She was a real treasure to
Jill Uhler
July 8, 2013
Our condolences and prayers go out to Bob, the children, grandchildren and friends of Sandy's everywhere. She was the heart of soul of Warrensburg and a finer person you will never meet. We were blessed to know her.
Bruce Uhler & Family
July 8, 2013