Dateline: February 25, 2010

Many of you knew Bill and Jackie Russell, attending the services for him in April, 2007. Knowing him at the College library, and knowing Jackie at the elementary school where she worked directly with children. Jackie fell ill in July, 2009, and while bravely intending to recover; Regrettably, she passed on January 14, 2010. Bill Russell was born on March 28, 1938, in Castilla, California. His three story home, built by his grandfather, was in the midst of a forrest near a stream of water. At the tender age of three, he wandered off the porch to play with bear cubs down at the stream. His mother, Bernice stayed back out of sight of the mother bear, who seemed to be scolding her two cubs for their wanderings. Once the trio left Bill behind, Bernice was able to safely bring her adventurer home. Bill joined the Navy, traveling the world, and he met my beautiful mother. They wrote letters often. When he was in Vietnam, we lived in Canton, Ohio. I, Vicki, their daughter, was age nine, usually received the mail. The mailman asked me if he could meet “Princess Jacqueline Dale,” as that is how Bill addressed letters to my mom. 

Jackie Dale was delivered by a midwife in a home in Canton, Ohio, on February 22, 1935. She was the oldest of seven brothers and sisters: David Morrow, Judi Rider, Dick Morrow, Molly Martino, John Morrow, and Amy McClure. Her mother, Roberta Morrow, age 97, resides with Amy. Bill and Jackie have four children: Vicki, Dan, Dave, and Grey; Nine grandchildren: Jeremy & Autumn Honor, Josh, Melinda, Heidi, Christy, Jesse, Jennifer, Lisa Nicole Vogelgesang, and three great grandchildren: Emily Rose Rupe, Sklar Childress, and Ethan Walker Vogelgesang. 

The meaning of Bill and Jackie’s life is to promote furthering another’s education by having access to read, do art, horticulture/agriculture and attend college, as these are what Bill and Jackie had a creative lively passion. A bench “In Memoriam to Bill and Jackie Russell,” will be established at the Clarendon College to honor them for their passions and college support. Further, it is my intention to establish an endowed scholarship in their memory. If you would like to do something to honor their life, please donate to the Clarendon College. You may consider many possibilities such as donating a gift in their names, by choosing to fund the library with books, or making a gift in their name toward a discipline (Fine Arts, Drama, Speech or Agriculture, etc.) 

Bill and Jackie made us proud, and while we are never ready to lose a loved one, they are reunited.

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