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RUSSELL – Elsie Christine (nee Makarewich)

August 28, 1934 – August 12, 2010

Elsie passed away peacefully and with dignity surrounded by her loved ones after her courageous battle with Cancer.

She was an extraordinary lady who touched so many lives with her kind and gentle ways, compassion and laughter. Elsie was born in Humboldt, SK, then found her soul mate Bob and they married in Calgary, had their son Bob and daughter Johann. They moved every few years between Calgary, Estevan, Edmonton, Edson then retired to Sooke, BC and finally settled in Campbell River until Bob’s death, after which Elsie relocated to Calgary where she started a fulfilling calling working at Bethany Care Centre, bringing care, companionship, love and compassion to many.

Elsie lived a full life dedicated to her beloved pets and her family too! Elsie’s passions were spending quality family time, long walks, dancing, being on the ocean, touring the States in their custom bus, laughing and visiting with friends recounting wonderful memories.

On behalf of our family Bob, Johann, Shawna, Rudy, Kristin, Ashley, Virginia, Ryan, Michael and Nicole we sincerely thank you for to all for your prayers, love, friendship, kindness and assistance. Your love was a blessing to our beloved mother.

God grant me the SERENITY to accept the things I cannot change;
COURAGE to change the things I can;
and the WISDOM to know the difference.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Monday, August 16, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Agapé Hospice, 1302 – 8 Avenue N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1B8 Telephone: (403) 282-6588.

In living memory of Elsie Russell, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.

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  1. Judy (Stell-Holowa) Hanrahan :

    Dear Bob, Johann, and all of Elsie’s family,

    Please accept my sincere condolences and prayers for dear Elsie.

    Elsie was a beautiful friend and also the person I modeled myself after when I met her at the Bethany Care Centre many years ago. She was full of love and laughter, and she brightened the lives of everyone she looked after with such caring and kindness.

    When I was living in Montgomery, Elsie and I took walks with Brandi in the beautiful park near her house, talked and shared our stories, and laughed, and visited everyone on the path.

    Many many people were touched by Elsie, by her wonderful smile, by the way she reached out to them, and by her genuine caring for them. I will be one of many who misses her dearly.

    Words are adequate to express the sadness we feel when we love someone, but please accept these wishes for comfort in your loss.

    May God’s peace and comfort be with all of you.

    Judy Hanrahan

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  2. Paul Desborough :

    Dear Bob And Johann,

    Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of your mother.

    I had the great privilege of your Mum’s warmth and hospitality, when I first came to Vancouver Island in the early 80’s.

    I remember her laugh well, and the story of driving downtown with the cat clinging to the roof.

    I truly regret not seizing the opportunity to get to truly know her more, and the rest of you as well.

    My thoughts and love go out to you.
    Paul Desborough

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  3. John Desborough :

    Bob and Johann:

    I am truly sorry your Mother has passed away. I am certain that she will be watching over you and the rest of your families, beside your Father.

    A candle was lit in your Mother’s memory in St Paul’s Cathedral here in London, UK – I am sorry I can’t be there at this time. My thoughts go out to you and yours.


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  4. Mariana Salazar :

    May the comfort of God help you during this difficult time.
    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family.
    Trinidad Drilling
    Mexico Office

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  5. Betty Groenink nee Nugent :

    Sincere condolences on the loss of Elsie – my parents thought the world of Elsie. Her loss will be felt by many – she sounded like someone I would have loved to get to know.


    Betty daughter of Will and Liline Nugent

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  6. Amyn Kanjee and Family :

    To Bob and Johann,
    We were very sad to hear about your great loss. Elsie will be greatly missed by all of us and I am so glad I had the chance to know her as she will be missed dearly. She was a very special lady that touched many lives!
    Amyn, Farah and family.

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  7. Aiden Leo Nugent :

    I met Bob and Elsie many years ago here in Campbell
    River a year or two before Bob’s passing. We had several mutual friends here…..


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  8. Am very saddened to hear of Elsie’s passing. I knew Elsie while I worked at Bethany. She was a lovely, caring lady who made the world a better place for so many. She will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  9. I have known Elsie as long as I can remember. I worked for many many years in her company. I watched and learned how she would give the most honest and heart felt care to everyone that needed anything, no matter how small or large. It saddens me to know that she was the sickest of all. That just wasn’t fair. I didn’t go to the funeral, I spent the day walking the corridors in her footsteps and doing it just like Elsie would. I miss her too. So to all who love her please except my heart felt sympathy . CHERYLL

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  10. Dr. Chris Carruthers :

    FOr Johann and Bob and family,

    I am so sad to hear that Elsie no longer can send her smile out to all. She was a delight; just a fascinating woman. My heart goes out to you both and your loved ones; I know how hard it is to lose your mother; there is just nothing that can ever be the same after that….

    From the heart, sending love and warmth, Chris

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  11. I send my sincere condolences to Bob and Johann and the rest of the family.
    I first met Elsie around 50 years ago in Calgary shortly after she and Bob were married.
    Bob and I had been best friends in school in Calgary and I still considered him to be my best friend at the time of his untimely death in Campbell River.
    During the early 1960’s in Calgary we got together occasionally and Elsie always treated me like a member of the family….loved those home cooked meals!
    I even had the opportunity to babysit a few times….a risky venture on her part!
    During those years, it was inspiring to see how much Bob and Elsie cared for each other as well as how much they complemented each other.
    Thank you Bob and Johann for giving me the opportunity to get together one last time last year.
    I am sincerely sorry for your loss. I hope you are comforted knowing that Elsie had a rich life. Elsie truly loved her family. In return she received the love and admiration of her family and many friends.

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