Evelyn Louise Russell

Born: Sun., Jun. 17, 1945
Died: Sat., Aug. 18, 2012

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Evelyn L. Russell - a longtime resident of Pilot Rock, Oregon, died Saturday August 18, 2012 at her home. She was 67 years old. At Evelyn's request no services are planned. Contributions in memory of Evelyn Russell may be made to either: The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, St. Anthony Hospice, or Cat Utopia. Donations may be sent care of Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, P.O. Box 489, Pendleton, Oregon 97801. Sign the online guestbook or send condolences at www.burnsmortuary.com Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Russell was born June 17, 1945 in Portland, Oregon. She was the daughter of William F. and Christina Cannon Leonard. She was raised and educated in Sandy, Oregon, and graduated from Sandy Union High School. She married Lawrence D. Russell in 1963. She and her husband lived in Portland, Oregon, and other areas before moving to Pilot Rock in 1974. She had been a clerical worker while living in Portland and other areas. In 1985 she received her Associates Degree in Accounting from Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton. She had also helped with the family cattle operation, where she worked directly with cattle and also helped with irrigation. She later worked for the Wal-Mart Distribution Center in Hermiston, Oregon, where she retired in 2010. Evelyn was compassionate and caring. She greatly enjoyed working with cattle as well as helping animals and caring for her many cats. She is survived by her daughter Madreena Russell of Los Angeles, her father-in-law Willis Russell of Pilot Rock, a sister Loletta Changon of central Oregon, and two grandchildren Lyndee and Brandee Denton and her spouse Jason Maier of Virginia. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and one brother.

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Pam Wachter
   Posted Thu August 23, 2012
Even though I only knew Evelyn for a few short months I found her to be a very special person. I was always amazed at her high energy and the ability to do so many things. I also admired her love of animals of every kind and shape. She was a great landlady and I will miss her. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to make your life a little bit easier in these trying times. Melinda and I are always ready to help if needed.

Melinda Wachter
   Posted Thu August 23, 2012
I just have to say that Evelyn was one tuff lady! I am sad I didn't get to know her better, but glad to have known her. Gregory spoke very highly of her and spoke of her as"his second mother." I related to her love of animals and have alot of respect for her, I will miss her. My love and prayers to Brandee, Lyndee, Madreena, extended family, and all her kitties: If anything or help are needed, I am glad to help.

Rockne Larvick
   Posted Fri August 24, 2012
I would like to express my sympathy to the family of Evelyn. She was a very special person. When I taught accounting at BMCC, I was privileged to have Evelyn as a student. Since her graduation, I have occasionally seen Evelyn and she always remained the same wonderful and caring person.

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