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Yvonne B. Russ, 90

Yvonne Beverley Russ passed away in her Dassel home May 26, 2020. She was 90 years old.

A celebration of life and memorial service honoring her life will take place Saturday, July 25, from 2 to 4 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Cokato. Message begins at 2 p.m., with a fellowship time following.


Yvonne Beverley Russ passed away in her Dassel home May 26, 2020. She was 90 years and 10 months.

Yvonne was an only child born July 25, 1929, to Lecile and Margaret (Drysdale) Arnold at Maple Plain. She grew up in the Presbyterian Church where she was baptized and confirmed. Later in her life she was baptized by immersion at Table Rock Lake in Branson, MO; when she accepted Christ into her heart.

She attended Maple Plain Elementary and graduated from Mound High School and has attended her Class Reunion for 72 years. After high school she worked in Minneapolis and also in Long Beach, CA.

Yvonne married her grade school sweetheart, John (Jack) Russ, in California, where he was serving in the military. They came back to Maple Plain and lived with her parents for six months until their first child was born. They moved to Cokato where they opened the roller skating rink and Jack was a State Farm Insurance agent.

“Remember me with smiles and laughter, for that is how I will remember you all. If you can only remember me with tears, then don’t remember me at all,” Michael Landon. This quote could easily have been Yvonne’s epitaph because she loved people and was the epitomy of a “Social Butterfly” and enjoyed making people of all ages laugh with her stories and sharp humor and wit.

She enjoyed her cardinals and many backyard birds and wildlife, driving around town and country with “Corny,” church softball, garage sales, and auctions.

She was a long-time member of the American Legion Auxilary and First Baptist Church of Cokato. After her husband died at 42, she went to work as the first woman School Bus Driver for the Dassel Cokato High School and worked for over 15 years at Silver Dollar City “Fine Metals Shop” in Branson, MO.

She is survived by her two daughters, Beverley (Larry) of Dassel; and Lorie ( Lloyd ) of Lancaster; only granddaughter; Kelsey (Cristian) Procel; and great-granddaughter, Lilianah Elizabeth of North Minneapolis; a special niece, Nancy Lewis; and a cherished heart adopted grandson, Juan Diego from Colombia.

She was preceeded in death by her parents; her husband, Jack; two sons, Brian and Kenny, and two grandchildren; Kaisa Elizabeth, and a miscarried child; son-in-law David Axelson, and many friends.

Due to the present COVID-19 pandemic situation we’ve chosen to plan a memorial/life celebration on Yvonne’s birthday, July 25, at FBC of Cokato. Details will be shared closer to that date if the restrictions are lifted to meet in public, through the Enterprise/Dispatch.

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