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Helen Russell

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Helen Ruth Russell, 93, of Paducah, passed away Monday, January 20, 2014.

Born in Columbus, Ohio, Ruth retired as an executive secretary in Memphis, Tennessee. Ruth had a lifelong love of sewing and enjoyed quilting after her retirement. She was also a member of the St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church.

Ruth is survived by her daughter, Janet McCracken and her husband John of Paducah; her son, James Russell and his wife Maureen of Escondido, California; four grandchildren, Anna McCracken Velarde, Melissa McCracken Center, Alice McCracken Stoner and Russell McCracken; along with seven great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Marilyn Segale.

Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, John William Russell; one sister; and five brothers. Her parents were Charles John and Anna Walter Segale.

A funeral mass for Ruth will take place at noon Friday, January 24, 2014, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church with Father Brian Roby officiating. Burial will take place at a later date in Calvary Cemetery in Memphis, Tennessee.

There will be no visitation. The Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Paducah is in charge of the arrangements.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to: St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 116 So. 6th St., Paducah, KY 42001; or St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 5645 Blandville Rd., Paducah, KY 42001.

You may light a candle or leave a message of comfort at www.milnerandorr.com.

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