A small private service was held on Saturday, July 3 in Fort Dodge and private family graveside services will be held at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Cherokee on Friday July 9. The Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee is assisting the family with the arrangements. Online condolences can be left at www.boothbyfuneral.com.
Cards can be sent to: John R. Russell, 1274 7th Ave. North, Ft. Dodge, Iowa 50501.
Fran was born on March 5, 1954 in Grand Island, Neb. to Stanley and Phyllis (Miller) Hilty. She graduated from Grand Island Public High School in 1972. In Fran's early years she worked at the Grand Island Veterans Hospital. It was in Grand Island that Fran met and married John Russell on Aug. 17, 1979.
Fran and John together raised three children, daughters Kimberly, Holly and son Brandon. Their children's early schooling were in Grand Island, but in 1988 John's job as an Air Traffic Controller relocated their family to Fort Dodge.
Fran was a loving wife and stay at home mother. She enjoyed many activities, including playing on her dart league, traveling with Joan to visit family in Burlington, Des Moines, and Kansas City area as well as many other road trips. Spending time with family and friends was a favorite for Fran. Just a week before Fran passed, Joan and Fran spent a week in Burlington with loving family members. She was feeling good and had a wonderful time, being busy each day with activities.
Anyone who knew Fran, knew she was an animal lover. She always took the time to stop and inquire and pet and love anyone's pet she encountered. Fran also always had a pet or two of her own to love and spoil. This trait has been passed on to her three children.
She was preceded in death by her parents Stanley and Phyllis Hilty of Grand Island, Neb.
She is survived by her loving husband of 30 years John R. Russell of Fort Dodge; a sister Debra ( Jerry) Jeffers of Grand Island Neb.; daughters: Kimberly Russell (Jon Zuspann) of Oak Grove, Mo.; Holly Russell (Chris Peters) of Topeka Kan.; son Brandon Russell of Blue Springs, Mo.; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Joan and James Forcier of Cherokee; Fran is also survived by many other relatives and friends.