Betty Russell passed away on May 17, 2005, at Heritage Park Care Center, where she had been residing since last July. Born July 1, 1918, Betty grew up in southeastern Kansas and lived in Wichita, Kan., for most of her life. She had a large group of bridge-playing buddies who got together weekly for 50 years in Wichita. At each family gathering, Betty and her family loved to play cards. Betty was always happy to exclaim, “I won!” For 20 years, Betty and her second husband, Harry, lived on Grand Lake in northeastern Oklahoma, enjoying lakeside living and entertaining friends and family who came to visit. Betty’s thirst for fun was contagious and made her a pivotal part of her family and friends. When age and a neurological disease made it impossible for Betty to remain in her home in Wichita, Betty moved to Colorado. It was her lifelong passion to be close to her daughter Betsy, son-in-law, Bob, and beloved granddaughter, Mia. Betty enjoyed savoring the mountains, attending Mia’s soccer games and school functions. Betty also loved the horses and watch Mario from Carbondale perform with his animals. Betty’s family includes daughter Nancy (Paul) Kraemer, of Wichita; granddaughter Kate (Matt) Sims, of Wichita; son Jim Eaton, of Memphis, Tenn.; son Tom (Shara) Eaton, of Kansas City, Kan.; daughter Betsy (Bob) Wedemeyer, of Redstone; granddaughter, Mia Wedemeyer, of Redstone; sister Rosemary (Dale), of Chanute, Kan; and the other beloved family and friends. She will be missed dearly by all who knew her. A memorial in Wichita will be held at a later time.
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