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Velma L. Russell

April 25, 1930 December 28, 2011
Velma L. Russell
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PEORIA- Velma L. Russell, 81, of Peoria died at 12:33 PM on Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center. She was born April 25, 1930 in Kewanee, IL to Edwin and Viola (Kuhne) Broaddus. She married Edward L. Russell of Lebanon, KS. on October 10, 1953 at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Peoria Heights. He survives. Also surviving are two sons, Stephen (Jacquelyn) Russell of Morton and Kevin Russell of Peoria; one step-grandson, Phillip Fuller of Lawrence, KS; and a brother, Donald Broaddus of Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Velma was preceded in death by her parents and a step-granddaughter, Susan Fuller. Velma graduated from Woodruff High School in 1948. She worked for Caterpillar Tractor Company in the Parts Department for six years. She was a volunteer at the OSF Saint Francis Medical Center Gift Shop for 35 years. She was a member of St. Philomena Catholic Church, the St. Philomena Bowling League, the Catholic Women’s League, and the Saint Francis Auxillary. A funeral Mass will be at 10:00 AM, Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at St. Philomena Catholic Church with Rev David Richardson officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 PM, Monday, January 2 at Wright and Salmon Mortuary with recitation of the Rosary at 6:45 PM. Additional visitation will be 30 minutes prior to the Mass on Tuesday at church. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the St. Philomena Adoration Chapel or the Illinois Cancer Care, 8940 N. Wood Sage Rd., Peoria, IL 61615. Tributes and condolences may be submitted to


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