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Shirley M. Russell

August 14th, 1934 – January 20th, 2022

Shirley M. Russell, age 87 of Astoria, Illinois, passed away at 2:50 a.m. on Thursday, January 20, 2022 in the Emergency Room at Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville, Illinois. She was born on August 14, 1934 in Marbletown, Illinois, the daughter of Dean Darius and Helen Fern (Richardson) Farwell. She married Richard Hamm in 1951. He preceded her in death in December of 1954. She then married John "Gabe" Russell on January 6, 1960 in Havana, Illinois. He preceded her in death in September of 1985.

Shirley is survived by her son Rick (and Vickie) Hamm and her daughter Marsha Thomas, all of Astoria, Illinois, 4 grandchildren; Ricky (and Wendy) Hamm, Jr., Justin Bair, Ami Ganther, and Jennifer Severns, 5 great-grandchildren; Kyleigh Bair, Tyler Hamm, Alex Showalter, Zach Severns and Kaleb Ganther, and 3 brothers Curt Farewell of Lewistown, Illinois, Randy (and Vonnie) Farwell of Peoria, Illinois and Regis Farwell of Florida.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Shirley worked in housekeeping at Astoria Gardens.

Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her life. She was an avid St. Louis Cardinal fan.

Services will be held on Saturday, January 22, 2022 at 11:00 am at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria, Illinois. Pastor Bob Spencer will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services. Interment will be in the Hickory Cemetery in Astoria, Illinois. Memorials may be made to the Astoria Rescue Squad.


January 20th, 2022

My deepest condolences to Shirley's family. Regis and your brothers know you are in everyone's thoughts and prayers here in Lewistown. God Bless Everyone. Lorenda (Schnarr) Spilker.

January 21st, 2022

Sorry for your loss😪-Tyler Bollinger

January 21st, 2022

Hugs to you all ❤️❤️

January 21st, 2022

So, so sorry to hear of your loss. The family is in our thoughts and prayers. Shirley was a very sweet lady and I loved her smile and sense of humor. May God give you peace, comfort and strength during this time and the many difficult days ahead. Love, Mike and Donna Shirley

January 21st, 2022

Sorry for your family's loss. Roberta Oest

January 22nd, 2022

So sorry for your family's loss. May memories sustain you in the days ahead. Blessings. Jim and Deb Park

January 22nd, 2022

So sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers to all of the family. Lisa Bucher

January 23rd, 2022

Randy and Vonnie,
Prayers are given that you will be comforted knowing all your near and far friends are asking for healing at your loss

Mary and Lowell Aten

January 24th, 2022

My condlences to Shirley's family. She was my friend for many years. I am sorry I did not know this until today. RIP girl friend until we meet again.
Cheryl Reimolds

January 26th, 2022

We are sorry to hear about your loss. We will keep you all in our prayers. Kevin and Kandy Clark

January 26th, 2022

We are sorry to hear about your loss. We will keep you all in our prayers. Kevin and Kandy Clark

January 29th, 2022

Our condolences to the family of Shirley Russell. Our thoughts are with you. Beth & Rod Price