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MILO - Elaine (DeLaite) Russell, 67, wife of the late William A. Russell Jr., passed away surrounded by loving family on Sunday June 8, 2014. Born on April 27, 1947, to Dale Harry DeLaite and Cecile Marie (Brasslett) DeLaite.

She is survived by her sons, Douglas Willinski and Willy D. Willinski; and Willy's wife, Liz Willinski. She was predeceased by her daughter, Shawna Lee Smith. She is also survived by husband, Greg Smith. Elaine had four grandchildren, whom she loved with all of her heart, Lacey J (Russell) Phelps, Sarah and Amber Willinski, Loki Willinski; and two great-grandchildren, Casey and Myer Phelps. She was also survived by her sisters and best friends, Brenda Herbest and her late husband, Ralph Herbest, and Cindy McKenzie and her husband, Bobby McKenzie. Elaine is also survived by her brother, Douglas DeLaite; and was blessed with many special nieces and nephews.

She will be remembered for her many generosities, including opening her home to those who needed a place to stay, a delicious meal to eat, or a sympathetic ear. Her family will always cherish many memories of shopping trips, holidays, movie marathons, and late-night talks. Elaine was small but mighty and loved with all her heart.

Willy D, Liz, Lacey and Jeremy want to give special thanks to Beth Ellison, Kelly York, Maria McSwine, Melissa Weston, Cindy McKenzie, Jaime McCleary and all who helped with and attended the benefit supper that had been planned and held for Elaine.

Per her wishes, there is no service.
Published on  June 15, 2014
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