Diane S. Russell passed away following a three-month battle with a brain tumor on September 26, 2021, in Tumwater, Washington. She was born August 30, 1949, to Frederick G. and Clara M. (Buehling) Schoch in Spokane, Washington. She lived in Spokane until 1971, and moved to Seaside, Oregon, where she taught at SeasideHigh School for a year before settling in Olympia in 1972, where she resided for 49 years.
Diane was a 1967 graduate of Spokane’s ShadleParkHigh School. In 1971, she earned a BA in education from PacificLutheranUniversity in Parkland, Washington. She married Richard C. Russell on June 24, 1972, in Spokane. Professionally, Diane worked for DSHS beginning in April 1973 in the Division of Vital Statistics for a brief period, moving on to the Office of Support Enforcement, where she spent most of her career as a Support Enforcement Officer until her retirement in 2003. She was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church.
She was curious, adventuresome, and compassionate. She was willing to volunteer, including as an after-school tutor for middle school students, and as a docent for salmon recovery at Kennedy Creek. She was generous with both her time and money.
Diane loved both Alpine and Nordic skiing, square and round dancing (member of Prairie Steppers Square Dance Club), camping, hiking, traveling, and visiting national parks. She also enjoyed Mahjong, and crossword puzzles.
She is survived by her husband, Richard Russell of Olympia; daughter, Margaret E. Russell of Tumwater; and sister, Pamela Asberry of University Place, Washington. Her parents predeceased her.
Donations in Diane’s honor may be made to Senior Services for South Sound, Safeplace, or Interfaith Works.
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