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Mary B. Russell

May 2, 2015

Mary B. RussellMary B. Russell, 86, of Clayton and formerly of Watertown passed away following a brief illness on Saturday, May 2, 2015, at Samaritan Summit Village, Watertown.

Calling Hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., 320 John St., Clayton on Thursday, May 7, from 5 - 7PM. On Friday, May 8, there will be Calling Hours at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., 214 Sterling St., Watertown from 11AM - 12:30PM. A Prayer Service will follow at 12:45PM and the Funeral Mass will celebrated at St. Patrick's Church, Watertown at 1:30PM with Rev. Donald Robinson, pastor, presiding. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery.

Mary was born in Watertown on August 22, 1928, daughter of Edward and Margaret Griffin Barry. She was a graduate of Immaculate Heart Academy and the Watertown School of Commerce. On February 13, 1960 she married Richard A. Russell at St. Patrick's Church. He passed away on January 2, 1994.

Mary was a devoted wife to Richard and a loving mother and grandmother. In her younger years, she enjoyed family trips to Florida and other vacations, and more recently enjoyed reading, knitting, and going out for dinner. Mrs. Russell was also a bookkeeper for the family businesses. She worked for Watertown Bottling, 5th Wheel Restaurant, Upstate Amusement Co., and Library Restaurant, all in Watertown, and for Lost Navigator Bar and Restaurant, Clayton. She was a communicant of St. Mary's Church, Clayton and formerly of St. Patrick's Church, Watertown. She and her husband, Richard, lived in Watertown until moving to Clayton in 1991. She was a member of the Colon Couch American Legion Auxiliary Post 821 in Clayton and the Watertown Elks Lodge 496, and was a social member of the Clayton Yacht Club.

Mary is survived by her two sons, Barry G. and wife, Alison, London, England and Brian R., Clayton, two grandchildren, Patrick Richard Russell and Alexandra Elise Russell, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Her brother, Edward Barry, died in 1974.

Donations in her name may be made to either T. I. E. R. S., P. O. Box 524, Clayton, NY 13624 or St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Online condolences to her family may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com


#10 Jim & Donna Donegan 2015-05-11 13:34
Please accept our sincere condolences. We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
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#9 Jim & Betsy Wheaton 2015-05-07 21:25
Brian so sorry to hear about Mary, we will keep all in our prayers.
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#8 Mary Jane Clement Pe 2015-05-06 13:27
I'm am truly sorry for your tremendous loss.Mary grew up with my Mother,Phyllis Clement Kokes.They were best friends growing up.Mary was also my sister Christine Clement LoVecchios Godmother .She was a very special woman.She is in heaven now with my Mother playing like little girls.May God bless you and your family at this time Barry.Sending prayers from the Clement family.
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#7 Julie Turcotte Koch 2015-05-06 11:44
My memories of Mary always make me smile. She was a woman with unending energy and kindness. I had the price ledge of having her as part of our family and truly enjoyed my time spent with her. My condolences go to Brian and his brother and family. She will be sadly missed!
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#6 Chris Sharlow 2015-05-05 09:28
Very sorry for your loss , I have such great memories of your mom and dad and enjoying pool parties with Barb and Allie at the house on Sunset , My thoughts and prayers to Brian and Berry and your families .
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#5 Judy Anderson 2015-05-05 06:30
Dear Brian, Barry and family,
I was so sorry to hear about Mary. We had a close friendship and even when I moved to Florida last summer we talked on the phone a lot. I will miss her.
Judy Anderson
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#4 Jim Fisher 2015-05-04 23:28
Brian, I send along my condolences on the passing of your Mom. We all have only one Mom and to lose her anytime must be a devastating thing.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. May Mary rest in peace.
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#3 Joni and Charlie 2015-05-04 15:35
Sorry for the loss of your mother Brian. Your mother was a lovely person and I am glad I had the chance to get to know her. RIP Mary you will be missed.
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#2 Chick and Barry 2015-05-04 13:16
So sorry for your loss. Mary will greatly missed but we have a lot of great memories.
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#1 Debbie & Mike Harding 2015-05-04 08:56
Sorry for your loss Brian, my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your bother. I will always remember Mary sitting in the Nav and have a good chat with her. She was one in a million.
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