Ardith Jane Russell, 83, of Cedar Rapids, died at 7:30 AM Wednesday, January 24, 2018.
Born May 9, 1934, in Eldon, IA, she was the daughter of Eschol Elija and Virgie May Lester Pyle. On June 25, 1955, she married Paul Eugene Russell in Eldon. He later passed on August 5, 2012.
Ardith worked as a telephone operator for twenty-five years.
She was a graduate of Eldon High School.
She was a former member of West Avenue Baptist Church. She enjoyed Bill Gaither, Sandi Patti, and Big Band Music. She was an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs. She loved animals, especially dogs, being with family, and taking trips to Branson. She was a homebody, but enjoyed eating out and taking Sunday drives. She loved baked goods and having tea and toast.
Survivors include one son, Steven (Connie) Russell of Cedar Rapids; two grandchildren, Bethany (Tim) Gauger and Matthew (Morgan) Russell; one great-grandchild, Ava Mae Gauger; and two nieces.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, LaRue Pyle, and one brother, LaVerne Pyle.
Visitation will be from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM Saturday, January 27, 2018 at Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home.
The funeral service for Mrs. Russell will be 11:00 AM Saturday, January 27, 2018, at Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home with Pastor Bob Norris officiating. Burial will be in Burlington Memorial Park Cemetery.
Memorials have been established for the Des Moines County Humane Society and the West Avenue Baptist Church.