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Helon J. Russell

Joyce passed away Friday, May 3, 2019 at the Wings Home in Allegan.

She was born September 7, 1934 in Luverne, Alabama, the daughter of Raymond and Maude (Wolfe) Ballard. Joyce had been a housekeeper at Alamo Nursing Home until her retirement in 1996. She enjoyed attending the B-93 Birthday Bash and airshows, birdwatching and going out to eat with her family.

On February 28, 1958 in Otsego she married Donald Russell who passed away in 1999.

Surviving are her children, Donald Russell and Cindy Russell both of Otsego; grandsons, Robert and Brett Russell; siblings, Ila Campbell, Susie Watson, Jean Truax, Bill Campbell and George Campbell along with several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Loretta Russell and siblings, Carl Ballard, Howard Campbell and Mary Campbell.

Friends may visit with Joyce’s family starting at 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, until the time of the funeral service at 11:00 A.M., with Pastor Tim Foreman officiating.

Burial will follow at Trowbridge Cemetery.

Contributions in memory of may be made to

Wings of Hope Hospice


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Connie Vanarsdal

May 4, 2019 at 12:30 pm

To the Russell family so sorry for your loss


Becky Barone

May 4, 2019 at 2:46 pm

I’m so sorry for your loss. I wish I would have gotten to know her.


Dan and Julie

May 4, 2019 at 9:39 pm

Don and family, we are so sorry for your loss. In our thoughts.


Michele Pulver

May 5, 2019 at 12:28 am

There are no words . . . I am saddened to hear of Joyces passing, she was such a kind woman. My thoughts and prayers are with you during these difficult days ahead


Mike and Agnes Schmitt Vanarsdal

May 5, 2019 at 9:39 pm

Don and Boys —

Mike and my deepest sympathy.

Such a difficult time, to lose your Mom, Don.

You were an amazing son!!!

Mike and I will be there Wednesday.

Love , Mike and Agnes ( Schmitt) Vanarsdal


Lauri Kling

May 6, 2019 at 7:13 am

Don and Cindy, so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. My deepest sympathy! I worked with her at the nursing home, she was such a nut….


John and Michele Laws and family

May 6, 2019 at 6:07 pm

We would like to send our deepest condolences to Joyce’s family in this time of loss. We were fortunate to live across from her at one point. She treated us like family and we had many a laugh with her. She was an incredible lady and with be missed by all that knew her. R.I.P Joyce we will miss you beyond belief!


Steve and Barb

May 6, 2019 at 6:23 pm

Don and Cindy, we are sorry to hear about the passing of your mom and to Dons sons, so sorry for the loss of your grandma. Our prayers go out to all of you and the rest of the family as well. You have our deepest sympathies and our prayers.


Dan & Sandy Fleming

May 6, 2019 at 7:16 pm

Don, Robert, Brett and the entire Russel family. Dan and I want to extend our sincere and deepest sympathy. We are so very sorry to hear of your loss. Dan and Sandy Fleming


Patricia King

May 6, 2019 at 9:48 pm

Sorry for your loss. I plan on being there.


Marsha Dugan (and family)

May 7, 2019 at 5:48 pm

We were sad to hear about Joyce’s passing. We lovingly referred to her as “Grandma” at our house because she was more than a neighbor. Our dog would run to her house a LOT and she never complained… just happily fed him leftovers and gave us a call to come pick him up. Word had it that she cried with pride over our family’s Christmas card photos and Gazette articles of the boys. My husband enjoyed talking with her when he plowed her driveway. She always made me laugh. Hugs and love to Cindy and Don and familyXO


timothy FOREMAN

May 8, 2019 at 12:52 am

So glad that I will be able to be part of the tribute for Joyce!

-Pastor Tim Foreman


Dwain & Sally Hanson

May 28, 2019 at 4:23 pm

A wonderful lady, Gained her wings.R.I.P Helen.


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