OBITUARY

Vera I Russell

March 15, 1921February 4, 2019
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Vera I Russell was born on March 15, 1921 and passed away on February 4, 2019.

Services

20 February

Funeral Service

11:00 am

Lima Family Santa Clara Mortuary

466 North Winchester Blvd
Santa Clara, CA 95050

REMEMBERING

Vera I Russell

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Rachel Contreras

February 11, 2019

My dear Granbma “Baba”

Words can’t express the love I have for you. You are an amazing, beautiful, loving, and generous person to your family and friends.

You have been such an important part of my life. I am the person I am today because of your love and support for me and Mikayla and later for my husband Larry and kids Nick and Madison. I think we had an unbreakable bond that started when my first daughter Mikayla was born. I was a single mother for 10 years and you and Joe helped me raise Mikayla, always making sure we were well provided for. You helped me purchase my first home, put Kayla through a private school and college, babysat for me while I attended college and work and made sure all of my children had a good education.

I remember our weekends together going to lunch, the park, watching our favorite movies and going to the ice rink for skating lessons for Mikayla.

You always made me smile and laugh. Everytime I saw you, you would take my hands and say “let me take a good look at you” when you just saw me the week before and “Here is a couple bucks for lipstick! It was always more...lol! You always made me feel loved.

I want you to know how thankful I am to have had you in my life as long as I did. I love you so much and will always cherish the memory of you in my heart!

Vera Russell

February 10, 2019

Grandma Baba, you will be missed so much. Thinking about all our wonderful times we spent together doing things we both enjoyed; movies, going out to eat, theater shows and so many other great times together. You were such a wonderful Grandmother to us all and you were such an amazing person. I am so lucky to have had you in my life for as long as I did. I am happy knowing you will be with Joe and family throwing a big party in heaven. Love and missing you with all my heart, Paula

Madison Contreras

February 10, 2019

I have a lot of things to say about my amazing, good hearted grandma. For the 13 years I knew her, all I can remember was that she always had a warm smile on her face. She was such a beautiful and intelligent woman. If you knew her, you would always want to remember her. You will always be in my heart always and forever!

-Love Maddie

Payton M

February 10, 2019

Baba,

Thank you so much for being such an interesting and strong woman. I recently found a letter from you, back from 2013. I laughed when I reread it, because you were talking about how much you disliked a movie you recently saw in theaters. “It was tiresome. I did not like it.” I thought that was hilarious. You fostered my interest in art and for that, I’m extremely grateful. I know that your support will carry on into my future as an early part of my foundation.

Much love <3

Mariko Tamura

February 9, 2019

Dearest Vera,
These last three years spending much time together, I've come to love you and think of you as a good friend. I still think we must have been friends in our past lives because oh of how familiar and confortable being with you seemed. I will always think of your bright blue eyes and your warm smile and of course your voice filled with a fierce heart and a true love for life. Thank you for always making me feel at home and for telling me you enjoyed my company. You always made me feel special and appreciated.

Norma Y

February 8, 2019

Dear Auntie Vera. I will miss your infectious smile and laugh. I’m so glad I got to know as an adult. What an amazing woman you are. To all I will tell you you haven’t lived until you have vacationed with her and her younger sister Katy. Once we did the Monterey Aquarium another time I took them for a week to their hometown of Santa Rosa. Every corner had a story. I am blessed for having this woman in my life.
In His Hands...In Our Hearts.
I love you Auntie. Rest In Peace.

Sally Penna

February 8, 2019

I’m sincerely sorry for all the family’s loss. I’m so grateful to Vera, or Mrs.Russell as she was to me growing up, for the time spent in your home from fifth grade until my first year in college. I was fortunate to have her eldest ,Katherine or to me Kathy as my best friend from her first day at Springer School. My first slow dance with a boy was in the back yard of the Appletree home, before a dance in high school, none of us had extra money to go out to dinner so she let Kathy host us in her home, my wedding shower later was at the same home on Appletree.
But daily life back and forth between our homes I always felt welcome, that was the best. Sometimes she wanted to ring our necks like when we spilt red finger nail polish on Kathy’s white eyelet bedspread that sat perfectly on her beautiful four poster bed.
All the trips to Santa Cruz we’d beg to go on and Kathy’s dad always came through to take us.
Mrs. Russell kept a spotless home down to the Snow White living room carpet. It was beautif but home and I always felt welcomed. You even gave me a pass on that beet soup which was very kind! Thank you and Rest In Peace now as everyone will always remember you for the kind and generous person you were. Sally Penna

Heather Messer.smith

February 8, 2019

Baba, I am going to miss you so much. You were funny, witty, strong and beautiful. Everything I admire in a woman. Thank you for being a example of strength and determination. I will miss our talks, the hugs and the visits over KFC and coffee. Thank you for loving my kids so much and helping them to reach their future goals. I hope you watch over us with pride and love. Until we meet again. Love and miss you. Heather

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