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Michele Russell

Michele Frances Russell (Munley)

Sunday, April 23rd, 1950 - Wednesday, May 29th, 2019
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Michele F. Russell, 69, was peacefully welcomed into the Lord’s arms in the early morning hours of Wednesday, May 29, 2019. Though she had long suffered from the physical effects of Corticobasal Degeneration, her positive spirit and joyful sense of humor remained unbroken. Her contagious love of life will remain in the hearts of the tremendous number of friends and family she touched throughout her life.

Michele was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1950. She was the third of six children born to Michael and Jacqueline Munley. Michele married her high school sweetheart, Jim Russell, in 1972. Over the next 47 years, Jim and Michele wrote a love story that would become their legacy. Together, they welcomed three daughters and later became grandparents to the seven children Michele adoringly called her “Magnificent Seven.” Michele’s grandchildren were truly her pride and joy. Jim and Michele’s countless friends will attest to the fact that this special couple didn’t just make friends, they made family. Michele was truly in her element when hosting friends and family for holidays, family dinners, pool parties or Ravens football viewing parties in the family’s basement – fondly referred to as “The Russell Tavern.”

In addition to her beloved Jim, Michele is survived by her adored daughters and sons-in-love, Shannon and Kevin Clements, Bridget and Jason Myrick, and Meghann and Nicholas Ervin, precious grandchildren Ella Catherine, Braeden James, Abigail Elizabeth, Erin Michele, Connor John, William Clarke, and Lucille Mae, her loving mother, Jacqueline Fields, devoted siblings Jackie and Chuck Troutman, Ellen Munley, Peggy and Ben Keesey, and Andy and Beth Munley. She is also survived by her mother-in-law, Catherine Russell, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her father, Michael, and brother, Kevin Munley.

Family will receive friends on Saturday, June 1, 2019 from 3:00pm-5:00pm and 7:00-9:00pm at Eline Funeral Home (11824 Reisterstown Road, Reisterstown, MD 21136). A memorial celebration of life will be held Sunday, June 2, 2019 at 1:00pm, also at Eline. Reception to follow at the family home.

Memorial donations can be made in Michele’s name to CurePSP. Donations can be made online via the “Donate” link at www.psp.org.

“Do not stand at my grave and weep. I am not there, I do not sleep.”
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, June 1st, 2019 | 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Saturday, June 1st, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Eline Funeral Home
    11824 Reisterstown Road
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  • Second Visitation

    Saturday, June 1st, 2019 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Saturday, June 1st, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Eline Funeral Home
    11824 Reisterstown Road
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Sunday, June 2nd, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Sunday, June 2nd, 2019 1:00pm
    Eline Funeral Home
    11824 Reisterstown Road
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


Donations are being accepted for: CurePSP.

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Private Condolence

Desiree Farrar

Posted at 11:01pm
My sincere condolences during this difficult time. I pray that your cherished memories of Mrs. Russell stay close to your hearts. “He will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more, neither will mourning, nor outcry, nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away. “ Revelation 21:4

Gloria Perkins

Posted at 06:40pm
So sorry for the loss of your beautiful wife, mother and grandmother. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Nancy Myers

Posted at 04:38pm
The world has lost a beautiful soul and heaven has gained a beautiful Angel. Michelle will be loved and missed by so many friends who she called family and once you were loved by the Russell's life was just better and way more fun.. I will always treasure our mtn vacations, always the best of times. Michelle was always full of grace and dignity and she showed us all what courage and strength really means as she battled this terrible illness and most of all she taught us what unconditional love was and no matter what the circumstances, life is always to be lived and to fill your life with joy and laughter.. I will always love and miss you my dear sweet friend..

Andrew Horowitz and Family

Posted at 02:24pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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