Roberta Jean Russell, 78 of Billings, passed away at her home on March 12, 2011. Jean was born on June 23, 1932, in Miles City, Mont., the daughter of Harold and Roberta (Spangler) Sutherland. She was raised in Miles City.
Jean married Dale Russell in Billings on Sept. 7, 1978. She was employed with U.S. West in Billings for 22 years, first as a telephone operator and finishing her career in business collections.
Mom loved us from our first breath, held our hands through the years, guided us along the paths that our lives took, taught us that there is nothing we can't make it through, to hold our faith and follow our hearts. She gave us her all and asked nothing in return.
She gave us all the stepping stones in life to become the people we are today, and through it all she stood proud of us all. Her family meant everything in the world to her, including her husband, children, grandchildren, sister, and aunt.
It will be hard on us to let her go physically, but we carry her with us each and every day in our hearts and our thoughts. The sun rising will remind us of the warmth of her love. Flowers blooming will remind us of her love for life. Our trials and tribulations will remind us of how strong willed she was. There's a part of her in each and every person that hears or reads this and we can all be so honored that she was a part of our lives.
We will always love you mom, wife and grandmother. We will carry you with us each day in our hearts. We will mourn your loss but rejoice that you are in a better place sitting with God and loved ones, awaiting our arrival one day.
Jean was preceded in death by her parents and son Richard Wallace. She is survived by her husband Dale Russell of Billings; son Tim (Mary) Wallace of Missoula, Mont.; step-children Chad and Carrie Russell; sister Maryann (Don)Velin of Missoula; grandchildren, Adam Wallace of Missoula, Jennifer and Kirk Strawbridge of Tuscaloosa, Ala. , Steven and Kevin Wallace of Petaluma, Calif.
Cremation has taken place. Memorial Services will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, March 16, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary. Interment will take place in Miles City. Michelotti-Sawyers is in charge of arrangements and remembrances may be shared with the family at www.michelottisawyers.com.