RUSSELL, Blanche Rose, 93, was born July 28, 1916 in Crawford County, Arkansas to Fannie Faye and Lemie C. Rose. She passed from this life on March 27, 2010 in Kimberling City, Missouri. She was married to Ira Floyd Russell, also of Crawford County, for over 70 years until his death in 2008. She is survived by her three children: Vernon Lee Russell and wife, Sylvia, of Lewisville, Texas; Barbara Pitts and husband, Charles, of Branson, Missouri; and Mary Sarao, of Plano, Texas. She is also survived by four grandchildren: Terry Pattison; Jill Baggett; Caroline Askey; and Valerie Sarao; and five great-grandchildren: Danielle Alexander; Madison Lee; Casey Lee; Margaret Askey; and Valerie Askey. She was predeceased by two sisters, Thelma Ellison and Jewel Lena Criner; one infant brother, Cecil Rose; and one grandson, Vernon Lee Russell II. She is survived by five sisters: Ollie Jeremiah; Margie Ellison; Glenna Matthews; Clara Ahrend and Joyce Day; and one brother, James Rose. She lived her early years in the Natural Dam, Arkansas area. Upon her marriage to Ira Russell, she moved to the Tulsa, Oklahoma area where she and her husband were entrepreneurs of successful businesses for many years. Blanche was an excellent seamstress who could create beautiful clothing without even using a pattern. She was an excellent cook and nothing gave her more pleasure than to cook for family and friends. In her retirement, she enjoyed fishing, feeding the wild animals and nature in her beautiful lakeside environment in Locust Grove, Oklahoma. She was much loved and will be dearly missed by all who knew her. Viewing will be from 12:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 30, 2010, at Butler-Stumpff Funeral Home at 2103 E. Third St, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Graveside services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 31, 2010, at Hall Cemetery, Natural Dam, Arkansas, under the direction of Butler-Stumpff Funeral Home.