Mattie Belle Russell, 84, of Bellville, and formerly of Hardin, MO, died Monday, August 22, 2005 at the Bellville General Hospital. She was born April 22, 1921 in the Lavelock, MO community to Lloyd and Pearl (Tucker) Strider. She married George Mere Russell of Iola, KS on September 24, 1939; he preceded her in death on April 1, 1977. Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Guyla and Farrel Early of Bellville; two grandchildren, Mike Early and his wife, Sylke and Danielle Walls and her husband, Pete; six grand-grandchildren, Danielle's children, Stefanie, Hunter and Caitlyn and Mike's children, Lance, Sephanie and Victoria. In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by four brothers, Ellis Strider, Harold Strider, J.R. Strider and Farold Strider, who died in infancy. Mrs. Russell was in inspector at Lake City Aresenal for 20 years before retiring in 1983. She is a member of the Hardin Christian Church. She lived in Hardin most of her life before moving to Texas in 1997.
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