OTTUMWA — Rose Mary Russell, 78, of 700 W. Alta Vista Ave., passed peacefully at 3:10 p.m. September 23, 2013, at Hospice House in Ottumwa.
She was born April 29, 1935, in Ottumwa to Charles E. and Helen Tasha Wickline Courtney. She married Elvin Beggs, and they divorced. She married George B. Russell on September 28, 1974. He preceded her in death on June 26, 1987.
Rose Mary worked for the Department of Human Services, had worked for 20 years for SIEDA and also worked for Wapello County Nurses. She was a member of O.B. Nelson Unit #3 American Legion Auxiliary and Walter B. Schafer Post #775 Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary.
Surviving are her companion, Bill Ward of Ottumwa; her children, Debra (Chris) Shaw, Sandra Beggs, Michael E. and Hazen D. Beggs, all of Ottumwa; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Donna May Patrick of Yarmouth.
She was preceded in death by a grandson, Trenton Shaw; two brothers, Charles “C.W.” Courtney and Donald Courtney; two sisters, Martha Millard and Helen Louise Sparks.
Visitation begins at 11 a.m. Thursday at Reece Funeral Home with the family present from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday. Cremation will follow the visitation.
Graveside service and inurnment will be 3 p.m. Friday at Ottumwa Cemetery with Pastor Jeremy Skinner officiating. Family and friends will gather at the American Legion following the graveside service.
Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children.