RUSSELL HattiePosted: May 18th, 2016
HATTIE HOLLADAY RUSSELL
HATTIE IONE (Holladay) RUSSELL of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mac C Russell, passed away at St. Therese Villa in Lethbridge on May 11, 2016 at the age of 96 years. Hattie will be forever loved and remembered by her children: W. Keith (RevaBeth) Russell of Springville, Utah; Janeth (Alan) Heath/Dudley of Magrath; Kathleen (Paul) Ciesla of Lethbridge; Marianne (Dale) Taylor of Lethbridge; and David “Tucker” (Lori) Russell of Lancaster, California. Hattie is also survived by her sister Alice Munroe of Medicine Hat, a foster son Glen Little Light of Calgary, 16 grandchildren and 31 great- grandchildren. Hattie was predeceased by her husband Mac Russell; granddaughter Stephanie Ciesla; grandson Brian Russell; her parents Daniel William and Susan Eliza (Marler) Holladay; sisters Della Blumel, Susie Jensen and Rose Gurney; and brothers Dan, Wren, Alan, and Howard Holladay. Hattie was born on July 2, 1919 in Magrath, where she grew up. She graduated from Magrath High School, then attended Garbutt Business College in Calgary. Her first job was with the Lethbridge detachment of the RCMP. While working in Lethbridge, she met Mac Russell. They were married on July 8, 1942 in the L.D.S. Cardston temple. They lived on the outskirts of Diamond City where they raised their five children. They shared 68 years of married life together before Mac passed away in 2010. Hattie was a wonderful example of charitable service and was always finding ways to help others. She was a committed member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served faithfully in the Diamond Ward. There she planned and conducted music, played organ, sang in choirs and taught songs to many children for special numbers. She made quilts, provided meals and instructed classes. She began as a teenager in Magrath and continued until she was 80. She was President of the women’s society for some years. She loved creating a home, helping others, reading and writing. In later years, Hattie and Mac filled a mission in the San Antonio Texas Mission. They also loved their service in the Cardston temple, where they served for many years. Friends may meet with the family at CHRISTENSEN SALMON GENERATIONS FUNERAL HOME at 703-13 Street North, Lethbridge on Friday, May 20 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. or at the church on Saturday, May 21 from 10:00 to 10:40 a.m. prior to the service. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 21 at 11:00 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, FAIRMONT CHAPEL, 205 Fairmont Boulevard South in Lethbridge. Interment to follow in Archmount Cemetery. As a family, we express gratitude to the exceptional staff at St. Therese Villa for their loving, tender care of our mother over the last 4 1/2 years and to all the doctors entrusted with her care.