Carol A. Russell

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July 8, 1933 - October 15, 2020
Born in St. Charles, MO
Resided in O'Fallon, MO

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Carol Ann Russell (nee Bekebrede), of O’Fallon, MO, passed away Thursday, October 15, 2020 at the age of 87. Beloved wife of the late James Russell; cherished daughter of the late Vernon and Dorothy Bekebrede; devoted mother of Scott (Linda) Russell, Kirk (Sue) Russell, Craig (Susan) Russell and Debbie Davis; loving grandmother of Scottie (Tara) Russell, Crystal (Zeke) Santa Cruz, Joe Russell, Jamie (Thomas) Miller and Andy (Keelin) Russell; treasured great-grandmother to many; dear sister of Joan (Jerry) Diekmann, Cheryl (Bob) Phillips and the late Janice Bekebrede; step-sister of Tom (Barb) Mitchell, Larry Mitchell and Lorna (Jack) Schenkel; Carol is also preceded in death by her Friend-in-Christ Harlan Heck.

Carol was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and was a school secretary and school board member for the Fort Zumwalt School District. Carol and James enjoyed dealing antiques, bowling and she played softball well into her 50’s. She was very active and enjoyed having a good time. Later in life she enjoyed traveling with her dear friend Harlan. Carol was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Memorials may be made in Carol's name to Fort Zumwalt School District for their Grow Your Own Teacher Program.

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Guestbook Entries

  1. Douglas Mitchell October 18, 2020 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    candle 7😢 Love you Aunt Carol.

    • Lori Floyd October 19, 2020 at 6:49 pm - Reply

      So sorry for your loss. I will miss Carol Ann so much. She was a beautiful woman and very caring.

      Lori Floyd

  2. joan dallavis October 18, 2020 at 6:30 pm - Reply

    Too many great memories to list – just know you were loved so much. Rest in peace and yes there is canned beer in heaven — Joan (Booster Babe)

  3. Ken Callahan October 18, 2020 at 6:50 pm - Reply

    candle 1Scott, Kirk and the entire Russell family we are sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. She was such a Great and Caring Lady. Please accept Donna and I most sincere condolence’s. RIP Mrs Russell I will always remember you walking in the Hallway at Fort Zumwalt. When I was skipping class.
    Ken and Donna Callahan

    • Bret Pulse October 19, 2020 at 3:45 am - Reply

      Carol was an inspiration that told it like it was but always in love. I am so sorry for your loss and the loss is to anyone who knew Carol, because we were all family. Love you all.

      Bret and Rhonda Pulse
      Kijabe Kenya

  4. Karen (Hoelting) Matlock October 18, 2020 at 8:17 pm - Reply

    candle 1So many wonderful memories about this beautiful woman….. many connected to our bowling team, or our saftball games, or of course our families. All you family members, immediate & extended, can be SO VERY proud of how very many lives she touched. She was certainly one of the happiest, most upbeat woman I’ve known. So very glad our life paths crossed, many different ways, she definitely impacted mine….. all ways good! Rest now Carol….. love you my friend. Karen.

  5. Theresa Nigus October 18, 2020 at 10:15 pm - Reply

    Truly an amazing woman. She will be missed.

  6. Rhonda Pulse October 19, 2020 at 3:22 am - Reply

    What a great woman! She made everyone feel special and could draw out a smile even on your hardest of days. So thankful to have known her.
    My prayers are with you.

  7. Kathy Parris October 19, 2020 at 8:10 am - Reply

    Rest In Peace Carol. Truly an amazing woman.

  8. Donna Wilke October 19, 2020 at 11:01 am - Reply

    Knew Carol many years. A great woman who will be truly missed. My sympathy to all her family. Love you Carol! Donna Wilke

  9. Christine g Stefanko October 19, 2020 at 11:09 am - Reply

    Dear Friends, We lost another Gem of a lady! I cherish all of in our circle of long time friends!! i cherish my Auntie Carol’s and all extended family memories. The beauty of a life well lived never dies it. just keeps inspiring us. Bless all of the family my prayers to everyone. i know Mom,Carol&Cheryl are dancing to our theme song “Old Time Rockl&Roll. All the great memories will last forever. peace Auntie Carol love you. Chris

  10. Jason Huighe October 19, 2020 at 1:16 pm - Reply

    candle 8Mrs. Russell was a staple at Ft. Zumwalt North High School. She kept the kids in line and at time the teachers as well! To say she will be missed is an understatement. There are a lot of people she touched and mentored that are feeling like a piece of their youth went with her. Prayers and love to her family.

  11. Karen Jones October 19, 2020 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    Carol watched after the students in her buildings as if they were her own. She took no prisoners, but in the best possible way holding them accountable while ensuring they got what they needed.
    In a family of teachers we always passed down the advice, “make friends with the school secretary, they run the school .” And so she did.

  12. Harleigh Fisher nee Heck October 19, 2020 at 6:32 pm - Reply

    candle 6She was never afraid to be herself. She was kind and caring to everyone she met and I’m so glad I met her and that she was such a part of my grandfathers life. She will be missed but never forgotten. My condolences to her family and friends, she was an amazing person and left a wonderful legacy behind.

  13. Elaine Boehle October 19, 2020 at 6:33 pm - Reply

    My sincere condolences to you Joan,

    Elaine Belew Nieters Boehle

  14. Michael October 19, 2020 at 8:58 pm - Reply

    candle 8Carol Russell was one of the nicest and most caring people I have ever known. When you was having a bad day she found way to make it better. She will be missed by many at The Fort.

  15. Barbara Benson October 19, 2020 at 10:24 pm - Reply

    candle 2Worked with Carol for many years in FZSD and then served with her on the school board. She was a kind and special woman who will be greatly missed. She always had a big hug for every fifth grader as they walked across the stage for DARE graduations and she was there for most of them over the years. Carol had a big heart full of kindness, care and support for so many students in the district. She was a joy to work with and I was blessed to also call her my friend. I hope she can play Words with Friends in heaven. Love you Carol Ann! My thoughts and prayers to her family.

  16. Chris, Julie & Kristyanna Forster October 20, 2020 at 7:06 am - Reply

    candle 5We are so sorry for your loss. Carol was an amazing lady and a blessing to every single person she met. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  17. The Mastro Family October 20, 2020 at 7:43 am - Reply

    There are many words to describe Carol, loving, fun, energetic and positive are only a few. Carol could let you know that you made the wrong choice without making you feel like you had failed. Anyone who crossed her path was indeed a lucky person. Our family has happy and fun memories we will treasure. God Bless you, Carol.❤️

  18. Mary J Krause October 20, 2020 at 8:57 am - Reply

    Sue and Kirk, I’m so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and all the family. Take Care – Mary Jo Krause

  19. Amanda McDonald October 20, 2020 at 9:26 am - Reply

    candle 5Love you Grandma Russell

  20. Dave Wolfe October 20, 2020 at 9:44 am - Reply

    candle 1Kirk and Sue,
    I am so very sorry for you loss. I am saying prayers for you and your family….

  21. Mary October 20, 2020 at 12:57 pm - Reply

    candle 1Kirk,our sincere condolences for the loss of your Mom.
    Thinking of you and all of your family.

    Mackey Family

    • Susan Ellison October 22, 2020 at 5:35 pm - Reply

      candle 2My heart is broken!!! The world lost a true angel! Have a beer for me in heaven my dear friend and let God know how to handle all this mess!!! Hahahah

  22. Jodie (Myers) Schorgl October 20, 2020 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    candle 1I am so sorry for your loss & will be praying for your family during this time.

  23. Kimberly & Philip LaBarge October 20, 2020 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    candle 7We met Carol a few times w/Uncle Harlan. She was always very sweet & kind!
    God Bless all of Carol’s family & friends during this difficult time!

  24. Gary davis October 21, 2020 at 10:40 am - Reply

    Scott & Linda and the Russell family, we are so sorry for your loss. She was a joy to know and we will always remember our great boating adventures. Prayers , Gary & Marilyn Davis

  25. Ted Hickey October 22, 2020 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    I feel fortunate that I got to work with Carol my first few years in the FZSD. She was an icon in the district and well-known throughout the Gateway Athletic Conference. I will remember her fondly. My condolences to her family and many friends.

  26. Cindy Sebacher October 22, 2020 at 11:15 pm - Reply

    candle 1Our Heck family was so blessed to have had Carol with Dad and us for the short time we had. Such a fine woman and friend to us all. We will miss her as we know all her family and friends will. Our sympathies to all.

  27. CAROL WEAVER October 25, 2020 at 9:01 am - Reply

    My sympathy to her entire family. Carol was so full of life, I know she will be greatly missed. She was a hard worker. Ft. Zumwalt School District was lucky to have had her as a tireless worker and supporter. She served the district in many capacities including member of the School Board. She was a great listener…always fun. I have fond memories of my mom and Carol doing the Jitter bug at my 5oth birthday party!! They were neither one spring chickens, but they were out there “cutting a rug”. I imagine they have just “Picked up where they left off”. Comfort to all. Carol lived life to it’s fullest….Time to move on and “Jitter Bug”… Carol Weaver

  28. Joy (Richterkessing) Perrie November 5, 2020 at 11:49 am - Reply

    candle 7My thoughts and prayers to the family. Carol Ann and my mom, Lois Richterkessing nee Hollrah, were friends their entire adult life. Personally, I went to Fort Zumwalt Hight School and Carol was a bright light in the office through my years there. She was so friendly, kind, welcoming, and cheerful. May the peace of Christ be with the whole family at your loss.

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