Anne (Chevis) Russell (1912-2012)

Anne Russell

Anne (Chevis) Russell, 100, passed away Christmas Eve morning at her home, Harmony Commons Assisted Living.

She was born March 30, 1912 in Racine to Anthony and Rose Chevis. She married Edward Russell May 5, 1934, the same day as her brother, Frank Chevis was married, both in Ames, Iowa.

Anne taught lampshade-making, draperies, upholstery and making feather-adorned hats at Racine Vocational School. At age 54, she did keypunch work at J.I.Case Co.

Past hobbies have included drawing, sketching (horses in particular), basket weaving using willows and long pine needles, shell jewelry and cake decorating. She made cakes for friends and family weddings, birthdays and retirements. She used her Shop-Smith to make toys with moving parts and small dressers. She sewed her own draperies and all her own clothing, and volunteered by making baby quilts for Red Cross.

Most recently, Anne loved to play sheepshead 3 times a week at seniors clubs and cribbage with anyone and everyone. Also playing games and emailing on her computer.

Anne is survived by her daughters Jean (Carl) Natter of Portland, Oregon and Nancy Russell of San Diego, California, three grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by four brothers, Paul, Jacob, Frank and Peter Chevis, a sister Frances Tradewell and her husband Edward Russell.

A celebration of life will take place Wednesday January 2, 2013 at 11:00AM in the Chapel at Mound Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be held on Wednesday in the Chapel from 10:00AM until the time of service. Burial will follow at Graceland cemetery. Memorials can be made a charity of ones choice.

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