Gladys B. Russell
Gladys B. Russell
  • August 19, 1933 - August 26, 2017
  • Illinois

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Downs - Gladys "Polly" B. Russell, 84, of Downs, passed away peacefully at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, August 27, 2017, at her residence.
Polly was born August 19, 1933, in Clay, Alabama, the daughter of Joeseph Edward and Ruth Elliott Brown. She married Joe Russell in Birmingham, Alabama on June 18, 1955. He survives.
She is also survived by her children, Richard (Stephanie Shoemaker) Russell of Bloomington; Gail (Dean) Baker of Aberdeen, Maryland; Stephen (Michelle) Russell of Normal; a grandson, Dustin Baker of New Orleans, Louisiana; a granddaughter, Hazel Russell of Normal; a brother, Jack (Mary) Brown of Ashville, Alabama; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, G.W. Brown; and a sister, Maxine Coggins.
Polly enjoyed bowling, collecting Longaberger baskets and dolls. She also had a passion for gardening and playing tennis.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 1, 2017 at East Lawn Funeral Home. Visitation will take place from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, August 31, 2017 at the funeral home. Visitation will also take place one hour prior to the service. Entombment will be in East Lawn Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association. East Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be shared with the family at