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Ellen Russell


May 24, 2016

Nov. 24, 1928 - May 20, 2016

Ellen Vivian Russell, 87, of Sweet Home died May 20, 2016.

She was born Nov. 24, 1928 in Svensen to Kalle Edward and Saima Maria (Maki) Wahlbom.

She lived in Svensen through her grade school and high school years.

After attending business college in Portland, she worked as a secretary for the Seattle City Planning Commission. Her boss wanted her to return after she got married to Earl Travis, but she said, “No, I want to stay home and raise a family.” Family was everything to Mrs. Russell.

After living in Seattle for four years, she, her husband, three...

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