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Eleanor Pauline Russell


Eleanor Pauline Russell

With family by her side, Eleanor Pauline (Smith) Russell, of St. Stephen, N.B., went to be with her Lord on June 26th, 2014.

She was born on Grand Manan Island on February 18th, 1923 with salt water in her veins that kept her going for 91 years.

Eleanor was first a daughter to Ella and Jack Smith, a sister to Arlene, Jean, Marie, Dora, Seldon and Prescott.

Eleanor left Grand Manan and found work and love in St.Stephen, N.B. She married Ralph ""Luke"" Russell on March 13th, 1943. She waited for her love to return from war and in 1947 her first daughter Sharyn was born. The next year on December 11th a second daughter Marlene completed the family. Eleanor's legacy does not stop there. She watched her family continue to grow with grandsons Paul Getchell and Tony (Anna) Getchell as well as granddaughters Suzanne (Blake) Mitchell, Jean (Chip) Dunn, and Leanne (Mike) Getchell. After a few more years of waiting great- grandchildren were added for her to brag about. Angela, Nicole, Cody, Thomas, Simone, Jordan, Makayla, Allee, Raeann, Gillian, Olivia and Lucas made her smile every time they walked into her room. Her great-great grandson Caleb also added to her joy. Eleanor was very active in her community, with too many to mention, and the Kirk-McColl Church for as long as she could. When she decided to slow down and retire of being "Mayor" of Princess Street she made Lonicera Hall her home, which she loved.

On behalf of the family a huge thank you goes out to the staff at Lonicera Hall and the Charlotte County Hospital for their excellent kindness and care.

Visiting hours will be on Sunday, June 29th from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm at The S .O. Mehan & Son Funeral home, 23 Main Street, Stephen, N.B, and the Funeral will be held at Kirk-McColl United Church on Monday, June 30th at 2:00 pm.

The interment will be at St. Stephen Rural Cemetery.

For those who wish, remembrances can be made to the Edith Lank Memorial Christian Camp on Campobello Island.

Condolences may be sent to the family online at

The S.O. Mehan & Son Funeral Home Ltd., 23 Main Street, St. Stephen, N.B. in care of funeral arrangements.