Donna S. Russell
Bangor - Donna Springer Russell, loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, died peacefully on November 2, 2019 surrounded by her loving family. She was born on September 23, 1936 in Bangor to Kenneth K. Springer and Violet B. (Neal) Springer.
Donna graduated from Bangor High School Class of '54 where she delivered her Class Essay. She was a cheerleader (J.V. Captain her junior year). Following graduation, she worked as a secretary at Garland Street Junior High (now William S. Cohen School). In 1957, she married her childhood sweetheart, Richard W. Russell. While her children were young she was a Sunday school teacher at First United Methodist Church in Bangor, where she and Richard were wed. Together they owned and operated Flowers by Richard in Bangor for many years, where they had many loyal customers. Donna worked until age 82, lastly as bookkeeper for Geaghan's Pub in Bangor.
Surviving are her four children, Deborah Lynn Russell and Dan Potter of Bangor, Brenda Lee and Patrick Geaghan of Brewer, Richard W. Russell II and Lisa Hughes Russell of Bangor, and Scott Anthony Russell of Hermon; five grandchildren, Darcy Lee Andrade, Tara Lynn Geaghan, Ryan Richard Russell and Dylan Hotham Russell, Jeremy Scott Russell, and Cameron Thomas Russell; sister, Helen Yerxa; brothers, Ronald Springer and Lawrence Springer; sisters-in-law, Mary Springer, Lorraine MacDonald, Georgia Springer, and Rita Langille; numerous nieces and nephews.
Donna was very recently predeceased by her beloved husband of 62 years, Richard Wayne Russell. She missed him immensely. She was also predeceased by her parents; special grandmother, Mary (Shanks) Neal; brothers Vaughn "Buzzie" Springer and Ralph Springer; brother in-law, Gerald Yerxa; sister in-law, Jessie "Sally" Cochrane.
Donna's family extends their heartfelt thanks to the staff of Northern Lights EMMC for the kind and compassionate care they provided to Donna.
At Donna's request, there will be no visiting hours or service. For those who wish, donations in her memory may be made to Good Samaritan Agency, 100 Ridgewood Drive, Bangor, ME 04401 or at goodsamaritanbangor.org, or to a charity of their choice.
Messages and memories may be shared with the family at kileyandfoley.com
Arrangements by Kiley & Foley Funeral Service, 299 Union St. Bangor.
Published on November 7, 2019

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Noreen Elkin
Nov 09, 2019
So sorry to Brenda and Pat! I knew both your Mom and Dad, Brenda, and your Dad was a riot at the pub. A memory of your Mom was a very young one. In the Bangor gardens, I would walk with you to Mary Snow. When I went to your home, your Mom would be perfectly combing your hair and making sure you were so ready for school. As a youngster I was very impressed with her focus on detail. Love you both!
Larry T Doughty
Nov 09, 2019
Donna's family. My condolences for the loss of Donna. As always surprised at her passing, as I was when Dick left. Donna was always the sweet one. Sure she will be missed. Best to the family.
chuck jameson
Nov 09, 2019
it is with a very sad heart that I hear of the passing of DONNA RUSSELL. WHAT A VERY SPECIAL PERSON SHE WAS. I KNEW DONNA AND DICKY FOR A VERY LONG TIME AND I AM GOING TO MISS THEM VERY MUCH. TO THE ENTIRE RUSSELL FAMILY MY MOST SINCERE CONDOLENCES, SHE IS WITH DICKY NOW. RIP DONNA
Chuck Shepley
Nov 08, 2019
To the entire Russell family, just wanted to send my sincere condolences on the passing of your mom. Take some comfort in the fact that she is reunited with your Dad. Take care, Chuck
Jill S. (Hudson) Webber
Nov 08, 2019
I had the pleasure of working with Donna and Richard during my years as a florist, learning a great deal. Many memories of talks with them and of course laughs. Through the years we would see each other and once again laugh about certain jobs. Donna was a very sweet special person. A loss for all of us who knew her. My condolences to the family.
Teresa Millett
Nov 08, 2019
So sorry to hear of Donna's passing. I never met anyone with a bigger heart full of compassion for all. She's with her beloved Richard at last. My condolences to the family. She will certainly be missed by many.
Bruce Goodin
Nov 07, 2019
Very saddened to learn of Donna's passing. A very nice lady indeed. Condolences to the entire Russell family.
Nov 07, 2019