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Obituary for Fern Russell

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Patricia Fern Russell
March 19, 1930 – January 21, 2018

Fern Russell (nee Boyes) passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on January 21, 2018 at Mackenzie Health in Richmond Hill, Ontario in her 88th year. Predeceased by her husband of nearly 40 years, Roy Russell (d. August 21, 1992), her beloved son Brian Russell who recently passed away unexpectedly on November 22, 2017, her brother Eugene Green and sister Joan Vennard. Survived by her daughter Sharon Hudson, her three grandchildren Margaret Russell, Matthew Hudson and Nicole Hudson, sisters Lois Banks of Nova Scotia and Helen Peace of Richmond Hill, many nieces and nephews and numerous friends in the Richmond Hill community.

Fern lived in Richmond Hill all of her life and in only three homes – Garden Avenue, Ruggles Avenue and Baif Boulevard. She loved her community and volunteered willingly to many causes. York Central Hospital’s (now Mackenzie Health) White Rose Gift Shop had the pleasure of Fern volunteering her time for 50 years in many different roles. She was a member of McConaghy Seniors Centre Executive and Club 34 Executive for over 25 years where she held various volunteer roles including President and Bingo Convenor. She was an avid card player, social convenor, organizer of Monday night dinner, Tuesday lunch, Wednesday meeting, Thursday bingo and Friday lunch again. She will be missed by many who loved her generosity, her sense of humour and her big beautiful blue eyes.

Visitation to be held at Marshall’s Funeral Home, 10366 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill on Saturday, January 27 from 11:00 to 1:00 with her funeral service at 1:00 pm in the chapel and a reception to follow.

Memorial donations may be made to Prosserman Heart Failure Clinic c/o Sinai Health Foundation at or 416-586-8203 or to Mackenzie Health Foundation at or 905-883-1212 ext. 2032.
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