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Leona Marie RussellPassing: April 28, 2024


Chastain Funeral Home

Funeral Service

Sunday, May 5th @ 2:00pm


Chastain Funeral Home

Saturday, May 4th @ 3:00pm-6:00pm

Sunday, May 5th @ 1:00pm-2:00pm


Mitchell Cemetery

Sunday, May 5th

MITCHELL – Leona Marie Russell, 87, passed away Sunday, April 28, 2024, at Westview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Born July 6, 1936, in Mitchell, she was the daughter of Arthur Leon and Vilena Beatrice (Chastain) Tanksley.  Leona married Robert Edwin “Bob” Russell on December 26, 1970 and he preceded her in death on May 9, 2017.

Leona was a 1954 graduate of Mitchell High School.  She retired from Crane-NSWC after 36 years.  She also worked at WBIW for many years hosting the “Over the Back Fence Show”.  Leona was an avid reader and enjoyed game shows on TV.  She loved to do puzzles especially crosswords.  Leona was very active in the Bedford First Christian Church and served as an Elder.

Surviving are her daughter, Terri Lynne Pitman (John) Stump of Warsaw; grandchildren,  Misty (Tyler) Simerl, Charity (Dustin) Cordill, Marlen (Brenda Reiff) Waldridge III, and Keith Waldridge; step-grandchildren, John (Becky) Stump, Jr., Todd (Dawn) Stump, Tina (Craig) Streby, Louis Stump, and Daleen (Jeff) Mast; 28 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Joann Teresi of Deerfield Beach, FL; and nephew, Kevin (Penny) Phipps.

Her parents; husband; granddaughter, Brandy Busz; step-granddaughter, Jean Hopkins; and nephew, Jeffrey Phipps, preceded her in death.

Funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, May 5, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Pastor William Brown officiating.  Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Saturday and from 1:00 p.m. until the service on Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorial Gifts: Bedford First Christian Church

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5 Guest Comments

  1. Guest: Sherry (Feller) Jahn | Kingsford
    Date: May 2, 2024
    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Leona. What a great lady she was. Always smiling and so very nice and a great sense of humor. Heaven has a wonderful new angel.
  2. Guest: Bobbi Jean Leach | Williams, IN
    Date: May 1, 2024
    Terri and family, I am so very sorry for your loss! Leona was a very dear and special friend to me and I loved her so much! I will miss her terribly! With deepest sympathy, Bobbi Jean
  3. Guest: Susan Kay | Blaine, TN
    Date: May 1, 2024
    Terri and family, I am so sorry for your loss. So many childhood memories. She was a very special lady. I know you will miss her.
  4. Guest: Amy Holbrook | Bedford, IN
    Date: April 30, 2024
    Leona lived her life for God. She was a wonderful role model in the church. She will be greatly missed. Hugs and prayers to her family🙏🏻❤🙏🏻
  5. Guest: Jim Richardson | Mitchell, Indiana
    Date: April 30, 2024
    She was a very sweet lady.