Ida Mae Jean (McFarland) Russell went home with the Lord on July 2, 2019 after a short illness. Grandma Ida, as she was known, was 90 years old and passed in the home of her daughter in Billings. Ida Mae was born November 10, 1928 in Greybull Wyoming to Lake Arliss and Ida Marie McFarland. She met the love of her life on July 4, 1946 at a street dance in downtown Billings and they were married on April 20, 1947 in Red Lodge Montana. She was a stay at home mom, raising seven children and spent many years volunteering in the library at Washington Elementary School.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Virgil Russell, daughter Phyllis, granddaughters Pamela and Jessica, great grandchildren Samantha, Anthony and David, five brothers and three sisters. She is survived by her two sons Keith and Wayne (Michelle) and four daughters – Linda, Vivian, Jessie and Boneta, four sisters – Neomia, Louise, Mary Lee and BJ and one brother Don, twenty grandchildren and 40 great grandchildren.
Services will be held Saturday July 13, 2019 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church – 40 10th Street West at 11:00 with interment at Sunset Memorial Garden immediately after. Please join us for a luncheon at Bethlehem Church following. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Bethlehem Lutheran Church Flower Fund.
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