Barbara Russell 1942-2020

Barbara Marie Birch Russell, 77, Goff, died Sunday, May 31, 2020, at her home.

She was born July 7, 1942, in Eau Claire, Wisc., the daughter of Robert and Lucile Daniels Birch. She graduated from Eau Claire Senior High in 1954 and attended Rice Lake Technical College in Rice Lake, Wisc., for two years.

Mrs. Russell worked from 1983 to 1989 for Cray Research in Chippewa Falls, Wisc., where she built control panels used in the Space Shuttle.

She married John W. Russell on Feb. 12, 1966, in Eau Claire, Wisc. He survives.

Other survivors include four sons, Josh Russell and wife Abby, Bentonville, Ark., Brady Russell and wife Tanya, Topeka, Zack Russell and wife Amanda, Axtell, and Sam Russell and wife Shelley, Hoyt; nine grandchildren, Sam, Samantha, Kyle, Tucker, Arianna, Cooper, Ryan, Tegan and Danyelle; and a brother, Lance Birch, Kenosha, Wisc.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lucille Daniels Birch and Robert Joseph Birch; and two brothers, Steven Birch and Bradley Birch.

No services will be held.

Family members request support for local casinos in lieu of flowers. A register book will be available at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton, which is in charge of arrangements.

The Holton Recorder

109 W. Fourth St.
Holton, KS 66436
Phone: 785-364-3141

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