Mabel Russell Obituary

Mabel Jennings Russell
Mabel Jennings Russell
Mabel Jennings Russell

November 23, 1910 - March 3, 2015
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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Mabel Jennings Russell passed away at age 104 at Mercy Hospice House, Johnston, Iowa on Tuesday, March 3, 2015.

Mabel Christina Jensen, daughter of Johannes (John) Jensen and Anna Larsen Jensen was born Thanksgiving Day, November 23, 1910 on the family farm near Rutland, Iowa. She was preceded in death by an infant brother, three adult brothers, two sisters, and is survived by her youngest sister, Doris Miller of Rochester, MN.

Mabel and Roy E. Jennings were married on August 27, 1934. Roy passed away in Des Moines, IA on February 17, 1966. Surviving are sons Gary (Annette) Jennings of Georgetown, TX and Terry (Linda) Jennings of Nicholasville, KY; granddaughter Cheryl Jennings O'Connell (Richard) of Austin, TX; grandson Anders Jennings (Mindi) of Keller, TX; and step granddaughter Kelli (Scott) Worth of Des Moines, IA. Also surviving are three great-grandchildren and three step great-grandchildren.

On December 22, 1972, Mabel married John (Jack) Russell. Jack passed away on February 22, 1993 in Des Moines, IA. Surviving family from this union include step-daughter Mary Russell of Fairfield, IA, step-son John (Deblyn) Russell of Cedar Falls, IA, and step-son James (Patricia) Russell of Johnston, IA, along with seven step- grandchildren and fourteen step great-grandchildren.

Mabel was an active member of Grace Methodist Church since moving to Des Moines in 1951. She retired from the State of Iowa Department of Agriculture in 1976.

Mabel enjoyed her church, gardening, long leisurely drives in the country, listening to music, family genealogy, and the company of friends and relatives. An avid reader until her vision began failing her, Mabel enjoyed history and biographies. Her strong will and keen wit will be missed by all who knew her.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Mercy Hospice in Johnston, Iowa.

A memorial service is planned for 11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 14 at Iles Funeral Homes ~ Dunn's Chapel.

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Dunn's Funeral Home
2121 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Thursday, May 14, 2015
11:00 AM