12/9/1924 ~ 12/24/2022
Dorothy Clark Russell passed away peacefully on Dec. 24, 2022 at the age of
98. Dorothy was born on December 9, 1924, in Georgetown, Idaho, the first of five children to Newell Sirls Clark and Meta Margaret Wunderli. After the accidental death of her father when she was seven years old, the family moved to Salt Lake City, Utah where she spent many years. She graduated from West High School in 1942. Her first job was at Snelgrove Ice Cream and then she worked at Eimac, a Division of Varian. She retired in 1983. Dorothy married Harold John Evans on December 11,1942 in the Salt Lake Temple. She and Harold divorced in 1962. She married John D. Willcox on November 7, 1973. Dorothy and John moved to Mt. Pleasant, Utah, in 1983, where Dorothy was very active in the community and in the Daughters of Utah Pioneers organization. John died of cancer in 1995. She married David A. Russell on December 20, 2001 and moved to Lake Oswego, Oregon, and then to Tigard, Oregon. David died in August of 2007. One of the special highlights of Dorothy’s marriage with David was their mission to the Washington DC Temple from July 2002 to Dec. 2003. Dorothy wanted to return to Utah, so she moved to Farmington, Utah in August of 2022.
Dorothy was a mother to five children, Larry (Joyce), Michael (Laurie), Kenneth (Sandy), Patricia (Charles) and Jeffrey. She has ten grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren with another on the way. However, with her marriage to David, she became the step mother to five children, Robert (Candy), John (Gerry), Cheryl (Dan), Laurie (Mike), and Howard (Pam), and 19
great-grandchildren, with many great-great-grandchildren. One of the great attributes of Dorothy was her ability to include with love all that she associated with. She treated the Russell family like her own, and they consider her addition to the family a tender mercy.
She was a
member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and loved her
Heavenly Father and Savior, Jesus Christ. She would on several occasions bear
her testimony to her family at various get-togethers. She loved to read the scriptures, especially the Book of Mormon.
Dorothy was an avid journal keeper. She served diligently in all her callings
in the church; her most cherished calling was serving in the Manti, Utah and
Portland, Oregon Temples. From early
rural childhood days she exemplified the early to rise, early
to bed routine.
All who knew her could attest to her vibrance, energy, and optimism. She was an original power walker, avid gardener, and demonstrated a strong self reliant personality. During her last moments on earth, it was clear she was ready to be reunited with her loved ones who passed before and her Savior.
She was preceded in death by her parents Newell and Meta Clark, brothers Paul and Carl, sister Margaret, son Jeffrey and husbands Harold, John and David.
A brief memorial and grave dedication will be held on Saturday January 7, 2023 at 1:00 pm. at Rasmussen Mortuary 96 North 100 West Mt. Pleasant Utah.