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Phemie Jane (Ross) Russell
SOUTH PARIS — Phemie Jane (Ross) Russell, 102 , formerly of Norway, ME died January 2, 2012 at Market Square Health Care Center after a period of declining health, where she had been a resident for the past three years. Born July 21, 1909 in North Paris she was the daughter of John Alexander and Alice Morse Ross, and was the second youngest of nine siblings. She attended schools in North Paris and graduated from West Paris High School in 1927.
She was the widow of Andrew Llewellyn Russell “Russie” whom she married on December 24, 1930. Mr. Russell died November 1989.
Mrs. Russell worked at O.K. Clifford Company and Ripley and Fletcher both in So. Paris. In the forties they bought W. Ripley Ice Delivery Business and renamed it Russell’s Ice Company, and stayed in business until refrigeration became common in the household. In 1957 the Russell’s purchased McAllister’s doughnut business and moved it to their home on Paris Hill Road, South Paris.
It was at that time that Mrs. Russell went to work for Norway National Bank and in 1973 she became a trust officer of the bank. Retiring in 1984 from Canal Bank, which is now known as Key Bank.
Phemie, lived in the area for 90 years, living a short period of time in Auburn, ME and Quincy, MA.
In 1964 they moved to the Lake Pennesseewassee home that was built on the property that once stood the Russell Ice House. The Ice House held the ice that was harvest from the lake. She later became known as the “Lady of the Lake” and would always say “I have the best view up the lake, what beautiful sunsets.”
Mrs. Russell, was selectman for the town of Norway, served on the town of Norway Budget Committee, served on Norway Library Committee. She helped organize the Business and Professional Women’s Club of Maine and was a member and a trust office of Norway Historical Society, also volunteering at Stephen’s Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Russell enjoyed her 100th birthday celebration, a few days prior to her birthday, with a small gathering for family and friends at Norway Country Club. On the day of her birthday, Market Square Health Care Center held a party in her honor and served the 100 cupcakes that were provided by the staff and to end the day she was invited to the home of a friend for yet another celebration.
As she said “Boy how lucky I am, I really enjoyed them all, I received many cards and even one from the President of the United States." Since that time she has had birthday gatherings with family and friends at Market Square.
Phemie, will long be remembered for “ no meal is complete without a sweet," her baking, especially those awesome raspberry pies, her white chocolates, a good card game, her GWCL, her passion for trips to the supermarket, she genuinely enjoyed the company of her family and friends and being invited to lunch.
Phemie is survived by her granddaughter Lori Ann Russell-Pelsue and her husband Mark Stephen Pelsue and the loves of her life her great-grandchildren Thayer Joseph and Taber Armstrong Russell-Pelsue who referred to her as “Grandma Maine." She also leaves her daughter-in-law Cecilia M. (Pacheco) Russell all of Dartmouth, MA
Mrs. Russell, leaves several nieces, nephews and a circle of friends that were very thoughtful and kind to her through out her long journey.
She was predeceased by her nine siblings, Alexander John, Reginald William, Ronald Benjamin, Lera Lola, Lydia Margaret Ross, Ida Mae Hadley, Jessie Catherine Weston and Lillian Naomi Curtis all of ME, Gladys L. Cummings of VT and her only child Lee Thomas Russell who died August 29, 2005 of Dartmouth, MA.
In Celebration and Thanksgiving a Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, January 7th at 10 a.m. at St. Catherine of Sienna Catholic Church, 32 Paris Street, Norway, ME at 10 a.m.
Interment will be private. Arrangements under the care of Oxford Hills and Weston Funeral Services, 1037 Main St., Rte. 26, Norway, ME.
Contributions in her honor may be made to Lake’s Association of Norway, Maine- Lake Pennesseewassee P.O. Box 505, Norway, ME 04268. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.oxfordhillsfuneralservices.com.