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Evelyn Russell

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Evelyn Russell, 92, continued her journey into the Lord’s arms on January 6, 2018. She was fierce and determined to live life to the fullest while managing diabetes for 43 years. Born to John and Olive Collins, Evelyn grew up in Erie, Kansas with her siblings Vivian, Wilma, John and Donna, all who pre-deceased her. Evelyn was funny and feisty and always a strong and outspoken advocate for her family. Above all, she loved to help others and spent most of her life dedicated to making the lives of others better. Evelyn leaves behind her doting husband of 69 years, Marvin Russell, son Tom Russell & wife Jayne, daughter Marla Kay Thompson & husband Marshall, granddaughters Brenna Thompson, and Jennifer Sinsabaugh & husband Craig, two great-grandchildren, Tyler and Aaliyah and extended family member, Patty Glasrud. First as a diabetic educator and later as a friend, Patty traveled with Evelyn on her journey, coaching and encouraging Evelyn through the challenges of Type 1 diabetes. The family credits “Angel Patty” for the many extra years they were able to enjoy their wife, mom, grandma and GGma. Her family will miss her never-ending desire to wrap us in her love and her infectious smile. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 2 p.m. at the Paradise Hills Methodist Church in Albuquerque, NM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations honoring Evelyn be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or to First United Methodist Church of Roswell, NM.