Jacqueline Louise Russell, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on August 26, 2023 at the age of 92. Jacque was loved by her growing family as well as the people and caregivers in the community she called home.
She was born on November 22, 1930, in Palisade, Colorado, and then grew up in Carbondale, Colorado. She kept a deep connection with the mountain town, and passed the love of the mountains and the small town charm to her family.
Jacque was attending Colorado Women’s College when she met her wonderful husband Arthur Russell. They were married June 18, 1950 at her family ranch in Carbondale, and they had a marriage that lasted 69 years, until Art passed away in 2019.
They soon started a family that sent them to Art’s childhood home town of Idaho Falls, Idaho. Art’s career through the years took them back to Colorado, then Seattle, Washington, before they settled in Littleton, Colorado to continue raising their family.
Having five daughters was a joy to Jacque and she let everyone she met know it! The time she spent with Art and their girls in each place they had lived was very important to her, because it involved family gatherings, whether it was a picnic at a special spot, or surrounding herself with her loved ones at home.
Jacque’s most important job was raising her children. Later came a career as an office manager for many years while her kids gradually started jobs of their own.
Jacque was a very social person and together with Art had many friends in the places they lived, often hosting dinner parties, or a night of playing cards. They were members of the Englewood Elks Club, which involved many activities, including dancing, and for many years making spaghetti dinners. Jacque loved the outdoors, nature and gardening, and she developed a talent for arranging flowers she grew in her yard into bouquets for her home. Jacque and Art also shared a passion for traveling, whether it was a road trip across the US, making sure to see relatives along the way, or a Princess Cruise to see other parts of the world.
Jacque will be remembered as being a very strong willed person and unyielding in the way she raised her children and interacted with the people around her. Her life was about the love she had for her husband, family and friends. In her later years Jacque was known to be the sweetest, most favorite resident of her many caregivers.
Jacque is preceded in death by her father and mother Lewis and Jewel Thompson, her sister LeAnn and her husband Vern, and her brother Lyman. By marriage she is preceded in death by her sister-in-law Evagene and her husband Richard, and her sister-in-law Dolores and her first husband Lynn.
Jacque is survived by her five daughters and their families: Angie, Andrea (Jeffrey), Melanie (Mark), Valerie (Dave) and Loralie (Vance). She is also survived by her brother Lyman’s wife Jeaneen, her brother LewRon and his wife Jackie. By marriage she is survived by her sister-in- law Dolores’s second husband Arnold. Her Legacy lives on in eleven grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren and fifteen nieces and nephews.
She will appropriately be laid to rest with Art on October 8, 2023 in Carbondale, Colorado.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to the Carbondale Historical Society-Colorado