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Violet Estell Scates Russell


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Violet Estell Scates Russell, 87, of Rochester, NY, stepped over onto the streets of gold one week before her 88th birthday. There she was reunited with her husband of 59 years, Charles Leon (CL) Russell, and with 3 of her 8 children. Violet loved her family more than anything. She had a sense of humor and loved to laugh. Violet could whip up a hearty meal in a matter of minutes, with a little of nothing.

At their 50th Anniversary celebration, her husband was asked what his favorite meal was. He replied, “red beans.” She also made some mean biscuits and gravy. Violet loved to crochet and spent hours making gifts for the family. She shared quality time loving on her children and grandchildren, sharing lots of laughs. Her beauty was legendary as a young girl and a mature woman, and her loving and caring for others was the sweetest part of her personality.

Violet Estell Scates Russell was born on December 29, 1932, in Olton, TX, to Flora Dero Stephens Scates and Joe Frank Scates. She died peacefully with her daughter at her side, in Rochester, NY, Tuesday, December 22, 2020. She married Charles Leon (CL) Russell in 1947. Her childhood was spent mostly in New Mexico, living in Dexter and Roswell. Violet’s husband was a home builder, and his job took the family to Magnolia, TX, in 1978, where they would live the remaining years of his life.

Preceding Violet in death are her husband, Charles Leon (CL) Russell; children: son Cletus Leon Russell of Magnolia TX, daughter Dorothy Faye Russell of Roswell NM, and son Danny Kay Russell of Magnolia TX; granddaughter: Chrissy Russell of Magnolia TX; siblings: sisters Sylvia Crosby of McLoud OK, sister Lavern Tyler of Roswell NM, and brother Johnnie Scates of Roswell NM.

Those left to cherish Violet’s memory are her sons: Ronald Russell (Susie) of Roswell NM, Charis Russell (Della) of Roswell NM, Earnie Russell (Karen) of Tomball TX, Tony Russell (Brenda) of New Waverly TX; and daughter Cynthia Russell (Peggy) of Rochester NY; fifteen grandchildren, many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; two brothers: Kenneth Scates (Detta) and Wayne Scates (Bea) both of Roswell NM; sister Hazel Scates MacArthur (Ron) of Sulphur OK, as well as her extended family and friends.

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A Viewing will be on Monday, January 4, 2021, from 8:00 AM to 1:30 PM, at Anderson Bethany Funeral Home. A Graveside Service will be held at South Park Cemetery at 2:00 PM.

Please take a moment and share a kind thought or memory with Violet’s family at www.andersonbethany.com.

Thank you, Aunt Hazel for writing a lovely obituary for mom.

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