Agnes Ellen Russell 1911 - 2007
Funeral services for longtime Snake River resident Agnes Russell took place Sept. 29, 2007, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Craig with internment at Reader Cemetery in Savery, Wyo.
Rev. Jim Strader officiated.
Agnes Ellen Russell was born Sept. 6, 1911, to Joseph Walter and Maggie Mills Caswell at the family's ranch in Upton, Wyo.
When she was 6, the family moved to Spearfish, S.D., where she eventually earned a teaching certificate from Black Hills Teachers College in 1932. She also went to the University of Wyoming.
She taught a few years in South Dakota and a year in a small school near Florence in Colorado.
About 1938, she came to the Little Snake River, where she taught at Battle Creek School in Routt County. She married Francis James St. Louis, a rancher, on Feb. 20, 1940. After she became a widow in 1951, she returned to teaching, first in Wamsutter, Wyo., and then in Craig.
On Oct. 3, 1956, she married another rancher, Forrest Adrian Russell, of Dixon, Wyo. They were married 44 years before he passed away June 10, 2001.
Agnes was a talented homemaker and once had a small catering business. She also volunteered to roast turkeys, make hot rolls and cinnamon rolls for hundreds of 4-H, Farm Bureau, Rebekahs, Cowbells, Episcopal Women's Guild and other Snake River community events for years. Whenever there was a need to provide, she was quick to volunteer.
Agnes also was an excellent seamstress, making all kinds of clothing for her daughters and granddaughters. She shared her joy of sewing by teaching many young women her skills as a 4-H leader.
In later years, she began making many beautiful quilts. Agnes began sewing on a Singer treadle machine but later owned and used four different automatic machines
Agnes was very proud to be considered a Wyoming pioneer. She loved her state. She and Forrest loved to entertain visitors and hunters with Dutch oven cookouts. She kept in contact with many family members and enjoyed sharing their lives. She made seven trips to visit her daughter in Hawaii and always loved the flowers and interesting experiences she had there.
Agnes moved to Craig in 1998 to be close to her husband in the nursing home. Agnes was an avid reader and was well known at the local library. She moved to Sunset Meadows Senior Housing in 2003 where she made a whole new set of friends. She lived independently until the summer of 2007. She passed away Sept 24, 2007 at Sandrock Ridge Nursing Home.
Agnes was preceded in death by her parents; an infant son; her two husbands; four sisters, Lottie (Hory) Fish of Grand Coulee, Wash., Dora (Wilber) Dillavou of Sundance, Wyo., Gussie (Leonard) Halverson of Jordan, Mich., and Bessie (Robert)Thomson of Klamath Falls, Ore.; as well as many brothers- and sisters-in-law.
Agnes is survived by daughters Sharon (Steve) Andrew of Craig, and Joyce (Jim) Miranda of Koloa, Hawaii; grandchildren Kirsten (Santos) Nava of Craig, Carrie (Robert) Arambel of Holly, Julie Elliott of Craig, Mart (Rob) Snyder of Lihue, Hawaii, and Russell Miranda of Koloa, Hawaii.
"Grandma-Great" is also survived by Logan and Tanner Arambel; Mark and Maya Nava and Justice and Lexie Snyder.
Also surviving Agnes is her sister Evalou Vopat of west Sacramento, Calif., and half-brother Joe Caswell of Chandler, Ariz. She also leaves numerous nieces and nephews as well as brother-in-law Harry Russell of Dixon, Wyo. and sisters-in-law Eloise Krueger of Portland, Ore., and Deloris St. Louis of Craig.