ANDERSON — Mrs. Evelyn Lottie Brown Russell died on the 27th of June, 2013, less than a month before her 94th birthday anniversary.
Born on the 12th of July, 1919, to William and Mabel Brown in Ilkeston, Derby, United Kingdom, she enjoyed her early years in her beloved Midlands of England. In 1940 she joined the Womens’ Land Army, serving throughout World War II as an original “Land Army Girl,” working at farms, orchards, dairies, and grist mills. She and her “Girls” maintained the agriculture of her country and they proved they could do as well as the men who left for battle.
At the end of the war, she married Sergeant Clement Russell, United States Army, of Anderson, Ind., and, in 1946, traveled to Indiana to make it her home until the end of her life.
She loved her work at Sears and Roebuck Womens’ Department in Anderson for over 20 years, gladly dressing (as the “English Lady”) many of the young girls and women during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. Her husband served for over 20 years as an Anderson Police Department officer.
She lost her husband, Clement Chester Russell, in 1982. Her second child, John Frederick Russell, died with his mother at his side in 1997.
She is survived by her first son, Brian William Russell of Indianapolis and his wife, Paulette F. Phillips; her greatly loved grandson, Nathaniel Brian Russell of Indianapolis; and the newest member of her family, Katie Coles, her granddaughter-in-law.
Robert “Bob” Collins of Arizona and Carol Carpenter of Georgia survive as well, the siblings of her husband Clement.
She was a family member of a host of brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and the children and grandchildren of Brian and Paulette.
She is survived in England by her sister-in-law, Wendy Brown of Leeds; and several nieces and nephews.
She spent many years living alone with Maggie her dog, but often traveled on bus trips and ocean cruises and return trips to the UK to visit family.
Her last few years found her at University Heights Health and Living in Indianapolis, where she was happily welcomed by the staff and where she passed away, having made so many friends of the caregivers there.
In 2008 the British government and Prime Minister Brown issued a singular medal for the remaining members of the The Women’s Land Army and Women’s Timber Corps. A letter accompanying the medal thanked her for her wartime services “for our country at a time when it depended on you for its survival.”
She remains beloved by her son and grandson, but they know from the World War II ballad that “don’t know where, don’t know when, but I know we’ll meet again some sunny day.”
There shall be no calling; however, Nat and Brian would desire that, in memorial to Evelyn, those who have family, friends or acquaintances residing in a long-term care facility, please remember to visit them.
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