Betty L. Russell, 88, of Northborough


Betty L. RussellNorthborough/Barre, Vt. – Betty L. (Brown) Russell, 88, passed away peacefully at Whitney Place, Northborough, on April 8, 2019. Betty was the loving wife of 60 years to Sanford H. “Sandy” Russell, until his death in 2017 separated them.

Betty is survived by two loving sons, Hew Russell and his wife Michelle and their children, Logan and Lulu of Marion, and Bill Russell and his wife Michelle and their children, Jon, Hope and Nick of Sterling. A sister, Billie Mills, preceded Betty in death.

Born and raised in Barre, Vt., Betty was a daughter to the late Leone (Reynolds) Brown and Arthur K. Brown. She graduated Spalding High School, class of 1948, prior to earning her BS in Retailing from Simmons College in 1952.

She worked in retail fashion after college life at G. Fox of Hartford, Conn. and later in life worked for Sears.

She lived on Pleasant Street in Northborough for over 55 years and resided in Arlington from 1957 to 1961. She spent her last two years at Whitney Place.

Betty enjoyed playing tennis, skiing, and antiquing with Sandy. She was quite talented at quilting and loved time with her family. She loved walking the forests and gardens at their home on Pleasant Street.

Betty’s family wishes to thank all of the wonderful staff at Whitney Place for their kindness and loving support shown to Betty during her stay there.

Calling hours will be held Thursday, April 11, from 5-7 p.m., at Hays Funeral Home, 56 Main St., Northborough. Her funeral will be held Friday, April 12, at 10 a.m., in the funeral home. Burial in Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne, will take place Monday, April 15, at 1:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Resident Activities Fund, Whitney Place of Northborough, 238 W. Main St., Northborough, MA 01532.

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