Esther Lillian Russell, 94, WaKeeney, formerly of Talmage, Colby and Collyer, died Sunday, June 3, 2018, at Long Term Care, WaKeeney.

She was born to Alexander and Katharina Elisabeth (Flath) Graf in Wiley, Colo. She attended high school in Longford.

She married Johnnie William Russell on Feb. 24, 1948, in Longford. He preceded her in death Feb. 16, 2018. They opened the Thrift Shop next to their home and ran that for several years.

Survivors include a son, Warren; a daughter, Sharon LeCount; a granddaughter; and two great-grandchildren.

Family will hold a private service at a later date; burial in WaKeeney Veterans Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to Trego County Historical Society, Trego Community High School, or to do a small favor for a friend or a complete stranger.