Search billions of records on

Home    Arnold Hill Cemetery    Our Library    News & Updates    Genealogy    Military   Related Links    Photo_Gallery     Site Map

Dolores Jeanne Russell

March 31, 2010
Lebanon, Pennsylvania

     Dolores "Jeanne" Tacy (Updike) Russell, 78, died peacefully on January 31, 2010, at home with her faithful canine companion, Brad, at her feet.
      Born June 13, 1931, in Huttonsville, W.Va., Jeanne was the daughter of Ora Mae (Swecker) Tacy and Ray Henry Tacy of Huttonsville, W.Va.
      Jeanne married Russell Bosworth Updike of Elkins, W.Va. in 1956 and they had three children, Marcia, Kirk, and Alan.  They divorced in 1964 and Jeanne married Aubrey Alvin Russell of Arkansas in 1965.  They divorced and Aubrey Russell predeceased her.
      Jeanne graduated from the Chesapeake and Ohio Nursing School in Clifton Forge, Va., in 1952.  She retired in 1993 from the Lebanon VA HJospital after working more than 30 years as a nurse, including time spent at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Golden Clinic in Elkins, W.Va., and at the Martinsburg, W.Va., VA Hospital.  Highlights of her nursing career also included working in the American Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, and in one of the first dedicated coronary critical care units in the United States Army (Army Hospital in Fort Belvoir, Va.)  Before retiring, Jeanne started a newsletter for nurses that served as a forum for sharing opinions, patient care stories, and practice issues.  The newsletter was distributed nationally for two years.
      Jeanne loved genealogy and recorded much of her family lineage, while helping others do the same.  One of her proudest achievements was, with the help of others, establishing the Arnold Hill Cemetery Fund, to maintain and protect gravesites in that cemetery, which had fallen into disrepair, outside of Elkins, W.Va.
      Active in her retirement, Jeanne traveled to more than 100 countries on all seven continents.  She also always had several home projects in progress at all times, from planting tomatoes and flowers, to refinishing antiques and making quilts, to name a few.
      Jeanne is survived by her daughter, Marcia Updike of Baltimore, Md.; son, Alan Updike and wife, Tuya of Lebanon; granddaughters, Meghan Victoria Updike (Grana) of Uruguay, South America, and Sarah Tuya Updike of Lebanon; and grandson, Aidan John Updike, also of Llebanon.
      Private funeral services were held at Pleasant View Memory Gardens in Martinsburg, W.Va., on February 3, 2010.  Jeanne was laid to rest next to her son, Kirk.  Pastor William Crowe officiated.  Rohland Funeral Home, Inc. of Lebanon handled the arrangements.  Family may be contacted at and


Thanks to Sharon Greenlee, Cynthiana, Kentucky

Return to Obituaries