Blanche Eleanor Russell of Brookline, NH formerly of Lowell, MA
She was happily married to Ronald Russell with whom she celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary on Sept. 22.
Born in Mexico, Missouri on February 7, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Dorothy (Brooks) Gonder and James M. Gonder. Raised in Rantoul, Illinois, Blanche parted from her education to lovingly assist in supporting her five siblings and mother. She moved to Lowell, MA after marrying her husband, Ronald B. Russell, in 1955. They bought their first home in Tyngsboro where they lived from 1959 to 1981 and lived in Dunstable, MA from 1981-2005. Most recently they lived in Brookline, NH.
She was employed as a beautician and later worked for several local companies including Raytheon in Lowell, BASF in Bedford and BBN in Communication in Billerica.
Blanche was proud to serve her country by devoting a lifetime to the American Legion Post 247 Ladies Auxiliary and providing support and care for our veterans and service members. She was the first female Exalted Ruler of the Chelmsford Elks BPOE Lodge 2310 and held various positions over the years. She was also a Hereditary Lifetime Member of the Sampson Air Force Base Veterans Association.
She is survived by her loving husband, Ronald B. Russell of Brookline, NH; two sons Wesley W. Russell and his wife Pamela of Tyngsboro and Danny L. Russell and wife Shelbie of Londonderry; her daughter, Kimberly A. Brown and husband Scott of Brookline, NH; her sister Ruth Hess of Florida; her brother, Gerard Robert Gonder of Illinois. She was loved by five grandchildren, Ashley O’Dell, Sean and Kyle Russell, Tyler Phillips and Ryan Allin, a great grandchild, Edward O’Dell IV, and a great grandchild due in April.
Visiting hours are Thursday from 4 to 8:00 p.m. at the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 106 MIDDLESEX ST. CHELMSFORD, MA. Funeral Friday at 9:00 a.m. in the Funeral Home. Burial in Tyngsboro Memorial Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua, NH for their exceptional care. Arrangements are by DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041.