West Plains, MO Location (417) 256-4141

Thayer, MO Location (417) 264-7242

Euda Russell

Euda (Wales) Russell was born the daughter of Frank Wales and Allie (Janes) Wales on May 14, 1923 in Thayer, Missouri and departed this life December 5, 2013 in West Plains, Missouri at the age of 90 years.

She was united in marriage on June 3, 1941, to George Griffin, who preceded her in death in May, 1943. To this union a daughter, Jo Ann was born.

On December 12, 1949, she was married to Olen Russell.

She is survived by her husband, Olen of the home in Thayer; Missouri; one daughter, Jo Ann Head and husband, Rodger of Springfield, Missouri; two step grandchildren, Eraka Kimker and husband, Steve, and Derick Head and wife, Sharon; three step great grandchildren, Emali Price and husband, Matt, Zachary Kimker, and Connor Head; and her feline companion of seventeen years, Sheba; a host of other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Allie Wales; her first husband, George Griffin, one brother, Alvin Wales; four sisters, Arkie Grooms, Fay Gregory, Hila Strain, and infant, Eula Wales.

Euda enjoyed helping her dad in the fields as she was growing up. She pieced her first quilt at age thirteen. She and Olen spent the last sixty-four years living and working on a farm where, at one time they milked over forty head of cows and, she named each one. She was employed for a short time at the garment factory in Thayer.

Her hobbies were varied from raising exotic birds to making Barbie clothes. She had a green thumb and could grow most any kind of flowers; her passion was iris and African violets. She hand-pieced a multitude of quilts and gave most of them to family and friends. She was a hard worker all her life but now, at rest with her Heavenly Father.

She was saved and baptized at an early age and was of the Baptist faith. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, neighbor and friend. She will truly be missed by all.

Funeral services for Mrs. Russell will be at 2:00 P.M., Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri with Brother Bill Bales officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home in Thayer from 1:00 until service time.

Burial will be in the Thayer Cemetery in Thayer, Missouri with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer.



  1. Derick, Sharon and Connor Head
    December 8, 2013 @ 5:08 pm

    We will miss our Grandmother Euda so much! Her quilts, baking, and love for the St. Louis Cardinals will never be forgotten. We always loved visiting on their farm. She will always be in our hearts!


  2. Pat Hatman
    December 9, 2013 @ 12:55 pm

    So sorry for your loss, JoAnn. I know she will be missed by many.


  3. Charlie & Charlotte Hurtt
    December 9, 2013 @ 8:44 pm

    I have some wonderful memories of Euda through the years. I am glad to call her my friend and the world is a better place because she was here.


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