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Dora J. Russell

Sep 11, 1944 - Jul 20, 2018
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Dora Jean Harwood Russell passed away in peace and love, in her home, surrounded by her family on July 20, 2018.  Dora was born to Chester Eugene Harwood and Zelma Grace (Trantham) Harwood in Springfield, MO, September 11, 1944, the second of four children.

The Harwood family moved to Yakima very early in Dora’s childhood and she received all of her elementary and secondary education in Yakima schools.  She graduated from A.C. Davis high school in 1962.
Dora’s son, Robert Eugene Bourgault Russell, was born from her first marriage in 1966.  Dora met and married Richard Russell in 1970 (surely the luckiest event in his life) while they were both pursuing college degrees at Central Washington University.  Dora received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration-Accounting specialty in 1973.  She successfully obtained her CPA credential and started her career with Boyd Olafson in Ellensburg.  Dora held accounting positions for several employers throughout her career, but considered her employment with Mike Moriarity, CPA and Bill True, entrepreneur, during the last half of her work life to be the most satisfying.
Dora had many interests and hobbies throughout her life.  Those included reading, crocheting, sewing, puzzles and games, Scrabble, cake decorating, topiary, fishing and camping, and retail therapy.  Dora had a great love of animals and an uncanny ability to connect with them.  She had the usual pets, dogs and cats, but also raised race horses, riding horses and a small herd of miniature horses.  She dedicated a fair share of life to the service sorority Beta Alpha ESA and the charitable causes they supported while enjoying the comradery of the membership sisters.
Dora and her husband Rick were blessed to be able to travel many places during their married life. They traveled to Europe several times to visit their son Rob in Switzerland where he served as their tour guide for many countries.  They also visited Costa Rica, Guadalupe, Mexico, Hawaii, and much of the Western US.  The favorite vacation was always the beaches of Oregon and Washington.  Trips to Missouri, Minnesota, and Florida to visit relatives were included in the mix.  Dora and Rick spent a few winters in Arizona after retirement.
Dora had a genuine fondness and love for the children in her life including nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.  She had the gift of bonding with them on their level which gave her permission to enjoy, with them, cartoons and children’s games without annoying criticism from adults for what they may have perceived as foolishness.
Dora was a kind and caring woman with a heart full of love and a smile and sparkle in the eye that projected that love.
Dora is survived by her husband Rick, son Rob of Barcelona, Spain, sister, Chyla Meacham and brother, Richard Harwood both of Yakima. She is also survived by her extended family of Nancy Russell of The Dalles, OR, Kevin and Patty Russell of Zillah, Susan and Denny Hennessy of Manzanita, OR, Tim and Victoria Russell of McMinnville, OR, Randy and Lynda Russell of St. Petersburg, FL, and Craig and Eden Russell of Woodinville, WA, special friend Dusty Rhodes, and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.   Dora was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Mary Westby.
A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 am, August 18, 2018 at Brookside Funeral Home (500 Prospect, Moxee, WA 98936) with a reception to follow.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to Northstar Lodge, Memorial Hospice, Wellness House, Yakima Humane Society, or a charity of one’s choice in memory of Dora in care of Brookside Funeral Home (PO Box 1267, Moxee, WA 98936).
The family would like to thank the personnel of Northstar Lodge and Memorial Hospice for the kind and compassionate care provided to Dora, particularly Joyce RN, Madison RN, and Leslie NAC.

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Funeral service

Aug 18, 2018:10:00 am

Brookside Funeral Home