Rhoda Marilyn Russell

December 3, 1923December 2, 2018

Rhoda Marilyn (Brown) Russell, of Marblehead and Swampscott, passed away surrounded by those who loved her on December 2, 2018, just seven hours before her 95th birthday. She was the beloved wife of the late Abraham Russell.

Left to cherish her memory are her children and their spouses, Janet Russell of Swampscott, MA, Gail and Ronald Burgess of San Diego, CA, Diane and Charles Lidman of Del Mar, CA, Laurence and Jacqueline Russell of Marblehead, MA; her grandchildren, Noah Lidman, Kejia Wu, Tye Lidman, Kate Russell and Emily Russell. She was the sister of the late Richard Brown. Rhoda was also comforted by her longtime friendship with Susan Becker Grant.

A 1941 graduate of Swampscott High School, Rhoda had been employed by J. B. Thomas Hospital in Peabody and volunteered at Aviv in Peabody.

One of Rhoda’s favorite things was cooking and baking for her family and friends. She loved to travel especially to destinations where she could swim off the beach. She could always find four-leaf clovers in a sea of three-leaf fields.

Services and interment were held privately. Expressions of sympathy may be made in Rhoda’s memory to: Kaplan Family Hospice, 78 Liberty Street. Danvers, MA 01923.


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Miriam (Barbara) Eyges

December 18, 2018

I extend my sincerest condolences and heart-felt sympathy to the family of Rhoda Russell. I always considered Rhoda to be like a mother to me. I have the fondest memories of spending time at her home in Marblehead when I was a little girl and throughout high school. I was always greeted by Rhoda with joy, a smile and warmth. Rhoda was a fabulous cook and always offered her children's friends a delicious meal and/or a special dessert that she made. Rhoda was very caring and nurturing when I wasn't feeling well which made me feel like a had a second home.
I am happy that I was able to see Rhoda about a year and a half ago at the nursing home during a music/dance party. She was extremely jovial and smiled and laughed a lot just as she did when I was a child. I have a video that I will always cherish of Rhoda dancing with my mother that day.
My thoughts and prayers are with Rhoda's dear family. May they be brought much comfort and peace.
Love to all of you.

Susan Kline

December 7, 2018

My mom will be waiting in heaven for her friend ....The Kline Family