|Gail Mosely Russell
March 12, 1923 – July 14, 2018
|Gail Russell, 95, of Clinton, passed away Saturday, July 14, 2018, at her home. Cremation rites have been accorded. Memorial services were held at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 21, at the Pape Funeral Home with visitation from 10 a.m. until the services. Burial was at the Clinton Lawn Cemetery.
Gail was born on March 12, 1923, in Hanover, Illinois, the daughter of Wallace and Jessie (Limage) Mosely. She grew up in Anamosa, graduated from Anamosa High School and later from the University of Iowa. She married John Russell on December 27, 1944, in Anamosa. After John became disabled with multiple sclerosis, Gail was his caretaker for many years. He passed away in 2008. She moved with her family to Clinton in 1954. She worked as a substitute teacher for the Clinton Community Schools and as Program Director for the Gateway YWCA for thirteen years, initiated the homebound program at the Clinton Public Library, and later retired from the physical therapy department at the former Jane Lamb Hospital.
Gail was a member of First Congregational Church, Clinton, where she was active in the Sunday School and Eliot Guild, Mercy Auxiliary, Friends of the Library, and the Clinton Coalition for the Disabled. She was an avid reader, reading over 1,230 books from the local public library since she started keeping track in 1988. She also enjoyed knitting in her spare time.
Gail is survived by her two sons, Scott Russell of Clinton and Stuart (Barbara) Russell of Clinton; five grandchildren, Bill (Melissa) Russell of West Branch, Jay Russell of North Liberty, Jennifer (Tom) Kubly of Denver, Colorado, Brian Russell of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Ellen (Alan) Ward of Glorieta, New Mexico; ten great-granddaughters; a great-great-granddaughter, Brylee; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, John of sixty-three years; her son, Stephen in 2016; and her only sister.
Submitted by: Janet A. Brandt
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