James Russell
1941 - 2016
BORN
1941
DIED
2016
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Weaver Mortuary and Crematory
1177 BEAUMONT AVE
Beaumont, CA
JAMES RUSSELL died peacefully at San Gorgonio Hospital on September 23, 2016 at the age of 75. James is survived by his wife, Marilee Russell; daughter, Kate Toothacre; son-in-law, Danny Toothacre; and brother, Andy Russell. He was preceded in death by his sister, Patricia Shore and her three children; his mother, Luella Russell of Shafter, CA; and his father Frank Russell, of Shafter, CA. James was born on March 26, 1941 in Wasco, CA to Frank and Luella Russell. He grew up in Shafter, CA and later lived in San Jose, Santa Barbara, and Moreno Valley, CA. He graduated from Westmont College with a degree in Sociology and Cal Lutheran with Master's in Special Education. James retired from the Moreno Valley School District in 2002 as a second grade teacher. Along with the 17 years he spent teaching, he also ran a group home for boys with his wife, Marilee, and was an accomplished floral designer and artist. He married Marilee on July 2, 1966 in Ventura, CA and they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this past summer. During retirement, James and Marilee relocated to Beaumont, CA and spent their time playing cards, cruising, and going to theme parties in their community. James cultivated many wonderful friendships throughout his life and during retirement and his presence will be missed. A memorial service will be held at Weaver Mortuary in Beaumont, CA on Saturday, October 8th at 2pm. Those who knew James are welcome to attend and we ask that you wear something colorful and bright in honor of James. Rev. Jack Grubbs, a long time friend of the family, will officiate the service. The family would like to thank the nurses and doctors at San Gorgonio Hospital for their care and support. Arrangements were entrusted to Weaver Mortuary, Beaumont, CA 951-845-1141 To leave condolences or sign the online Guest book, please visit www.weaver- mortuary.com



Published by The Press-Enterprise on Oct. 7, 2016.
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Dear Marilee and Kate, I am so sad to hear of the passing of Jim. He was such a great man and a wonderful teacher. I will always treasure the memories I have of all of you from our years together at Hidden Springs School. Love and prayers go out for you both during this difficult time.
Patti Stewart
October 5, 2016
Marilee: Gene and I are so sorry to learn of Jim's passing. We have been neighbors for almost 11 years, we were together in July to celebrate your 50th Anniversary and two months later he is gone! Every day is so important. May all your memories bring comfort to you and your wonderful family. Sonya & Gene
October 5, 2016
I grew up in Shafter and babysat Jim, Pat, and Andy many times. I even went with the family to the coast and watched Jim & Pat while Frank and other friends went fishing. I am sorry to hear of Jim's passing and pray for comfort for you.
Ida (Koenig) Lepp
October 1, 2016
I am very sorry to hear of Jim's passing. I taught with him at Butterfield School for 12 years and, because of our mutual senses of humor and our conservative beliefs, became friends. We used to discuss articles we both read in the Conservative Chronicle and both loved to challenge liberal administrators during staff meetings. I remember Jim's Corvette he bought after he retired. He was very proud of that car. Rest in peace, Jim!
Tom Korbuszewski
September 29, 2016
I worked with Jim at Butterfield Elementary School for many years before he retired. I am sadden over Jim's passing. He was a wonderful teacher and a great colleague. My prayers go out to Marilee, Kate and the family. May he rest in peace. Mary Beth Rhoades
Mary Beth Rhoades
September 28, 2016
Malilee, So sorry to read about James. I wish I had know we lived so close to each other. I can't imagine what you are going thru after loosing the love of your life. Tom and I live in Palm Desert and have been together 56 yrs so I can't truly don't know what you must be feeling. All I can say is please know I am thinking of you and hope all your memories together keep you close. Linda Bridger
Linda Bridger
September 28, 2016
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