Bette Ardath Russell graced this world with her presence on February 8, 1938, in the vibrant city of Chicago, Illinois. Born to Mary Ardath Hewitt and Harold LaGrande Russell, Bette was surrounded by the love of her three older siblings, Richard, Rosemary, and Carole Foster, as well as her younger sibling, Kathryn Russell. The Russell family's journey took them to Los Angeles in 1951, where Bette continued to grow, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of all who knew her.
In the face of a congenital heart valve challenge, Bette exhibited exceptional prowess in track and field during junior high school, a testament to her resilience and determination, quietly unbeknownst to her ever-caring mother.
Bette's professional journey saw her dedicating a significant portion of her life to the Post Office and Southern California Edison Company. Notably, she served as the President of Hub City Construction Company, leaving an enduring mark in Compton, California, where she oversaw the construction of modular housing.
Bette's legacy extends beyond her professional accomplishments; she will be fondly remembered for the wisdom she shared with all who were privileged to know her. Her memorable words, such as "the road to hell is paved with good intentions" and "anything worth doing is worth doing right the first time," serve as timeless guidance for those who she leaves behind.
Bette found joy in the simple pleasures of life. An avid reader, a travel companion to her beloved sister, Kathryn, and a connoisseur of music, she delighted in the melodies of Nancy Wilson, Johnie Matthis, and Nat King Cole.
Bette and her Colorado friends played Pokeno for over 25yrs– the ladies played pennies and nickels but most importantly became lifelong friends.
Bette is preceded in death by her beloved sisters, Rosemary and Carole, and niece, Gina. She leaves behind a tapestry of cherished memories in the hearts of those who survive her: her brother, Richard, sister, Kathryn, her son, Michael (with wife Jacqueline), and daughter, Sharon (with husband Tommie). Bette's legacy continues through her five grandchildren, Ryan, Shaina, Lindsey, Blair, and Logan, and her four great-grandchildren, Petra, Leilana, Harper, and Peyton.
As we bid farewell to Bette Ardath Russell, we celebrate a life well-lived, marked by strength, wisdom, and love that will forever resonate in the hearts of those who had the pleasure of being acquainted with her.