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Elsie Ann Lange Russ, 78, a devoted mother, grandmother and loyal friend passed away peacefully Sunday, the 16th of January 2011 surrounded by her family.

She was born in Bellville, Texas, on December 15, 1932, to the late William and Gladys Sherrod Lange. Elsie grew up in Raccoon Bend and graduated from Bellville High School in 1950. After high school, she attended Sam Houston State University, where she then met the love of her life. In 1952, Elsie married Harry Stuart Russ and was blessed with two wonderful daughters, Cindy and Christy. After starting their married life in Groves, Texas, they made Bellville their home in 1967.

For over 35 years, Elsie was the secretary at the Bellville O’Bryant Elementary School. Her loyalty and dedication to the school was felt by administrators, faculty, students and parents. She loved meeting new families and even seeing multiple generations pass through the school. She was always willing to lend a helping hand.

Through the years, Elsie’s interests included sewing, cross – stitching, reading, playing cards and doing a crossword puzzle daily. She took a great interest in the activities of her children and grandchildren. She especially cherished spending time with her family. She looked forward to their annual 4th of July trip to Galveston, where she frequently won the spades tournament. Many happy memories were made every year.

Elsie’s personality and smile drew others to her. She brought a certain style and sophistication to all of her efforts and was a friend to many generations. She lived a productive life, with an extraordinary commitment to her family, friends, and work. She will always be remembered as a loving and loyal mother, wife, friend, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

She is survived by her two daughters, Cindy Russ Frank and Christy Russ Vittrup, and husband Tom, her grandchildren Wesley Frank and wife Abby, Haley Frank Pless and husband Nathan, Clay and Abby Vittrup, and one great grandchild, Hagen Frank. She is also survived by her brother, Billy Lange and wife Sue, sister Mary Nell Kidwell, sister-in-law Betty Russ, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Elsie is preceded in death by her husband Harry Stuart Russ, parents William and Gladys Lange, infant sister Betty Jean Lange, mother and father-in-law Frank and Lillian Russ, brother-in-laws Keith R. Kidwell and Bryan F. Russ, and nephew Todd Lange Kidwell.

Funeral services for Elsie Russ were held Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at the Bellville United Methodist Church. Serving as pallbearers during the services were Paul Aschenbeck, Bobby Lange, Steve Zapalac, Rodney Lange, Bryan Russ, Jr. and Charles Russ.

Contributions in Elsie’s memory may be directed to the Bellville United Methodist Church 234 S. Masonic Bellville, TX 77418 or to the O’Bryant Primary School 413 S. Tesch Bellville, TX 77418.


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