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.