Golda Milanda Russell

January 31, 1916 - November 14, 2012

Golda Milanda (Copeland) Russell, 96, of Vienna, died Wednesday, November 14, 2012, at the Westphalia Hills Retirement Center. Golda had been living at the Westphalia Hills Retirement Center since January 2007, as a result of a fall that broke her hip. Her prior residencies had included Maries Manor and Victorian Gardens, both located in Vienna, Mo. and St. James, Mo. for 11 years. The rest of her life she was a resident of Maries County living next to the Gasconade River. She was born a little red headed girl on January 31, 1916, in rural Maries County to James Oliver Copeland and Ida Augusta (Kremmel) Copeland. She was married to Herman Oscar Russell on June 11, 1939. They were the first couple to be married in the Union Hill Baptist Church in the Bend community in Maries County. She is the mother of three sons and one daughter. Golda lived near the Gasconade River almost all her life and loved the outdoors, fishing and hunting. She enjoyed gardening, canning and preserving her fruits and vegetables and especially cooking with her homegrown products for her family and friends. She was a very good cook and loved to make homemade angel food cakes and give them to friends. Golda was best known for her hospitality and services to others. No one was ever turned down for a meal and she always had available a fresh cup of hot coffee along with her famous angel food cake, fresh baked pies or homemade rolls and blackberry jelly. She also enjoyed quilting and had made many beautiful quilts. Golda loved being around people and always hosted a 4th of July picnic on the Gasconade River bank; in the early years on the Copeland side of the river and later years on the Russell side of the river. The menu was always fresh fried catfish, she had caught herself, and all the trimmings. Golda's front yard was a welcome spot for picnic and music and laughter that rang through the hillsides and up and down the river banks. She enjoyed the Buehrlen's, the Kaiser's and friends playing their country music and singing in her front yard. She herself had a musical talent. She liked to yodel for her friends and family, even most recently, she has been yodeling for the nurses in the retirement home. She was a loving mother and grandmother to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will be sadly missed but will leave a loving memory in all of our hearts. Golda was preceded in death by her parents; her husband (February 14, 1994); two sons: Leonard Russell, (February 11, 2000) and Ronald Russell (February 7, 2011); two grandsons: Jerry Russell (April 2nd, 1976) and Jeffery Russell (October 2, 2000); two sisters: Ruby Snodgrass and Elsie Backues: three brothers, Joe Copeland, Frank Copeland and Julius Copeland. Also preceding her in death was a special friend, (Papa) John George who passed away February 3, 2005. Golda is survived by her son, James Russell, of Freeburg; her daughter: Ida Laverne (Russell) Haller (husband Donald) of Freeburg; three daughters-in-law: Mary (Schwartz) Russell of Defiance, Bonnie (Lewis) Russell of Jefferson City, and LaVerne Herzing Russell, Argyle. She is survived by six granddaughters and six grandsons: Patty Dulz (husband Shaun) of Kirkwood, Randy Russell of Pueblo, Colorado, Glen Haller (wife Becky) of Freeburg, Darryl Haller (wife Amy) of Freeburg, Nyla Bassett (husband Paul) of Freeburg, Tammy Pope (husband Dale) of Freeburg, Carla Murray (husband Richard) of Jefferson City, Dawn Wieburg (husband Raymond) Argyle, Chad Russell, Lake Ozark, Scott Russell (wife Sara) of Jerome, Chris Russell (wife Lindsey) of Eldon, and Amy Russell, Jefferson City. She is survived by one granddaughter-in-law, Judy Russell of Clearwater, Florida. Golda's generations continue with 28 great- grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted for Mrs. Russell at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 17, 2012, in the First Baptist Church, Vienna, with Rev. Mike Hurtgen officiating. Interment will be in the Breeding cemetery, Freeburg, under the direction of the Vienna Chapel of the Birmingham-Martin Funeral Homes. Visitation will be 5 - 7 p.m., Friday, November 16, 2012, and 10 - 11 a.m., Saturday, November 17, 2012, in the First Baptist Church, Vienna. Condolences may be left at

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