Russell, Joan

Joan A. Russell, of Wilmington, DE died on June 16, 2021, her 78th birthday, at Seasons Hospice surrounded by her family.

Joan graduated from Mount Pleasant High School in 1961 and started her career in 1962 at Leroy’s Style Shop as a buyer. Once she started her family she discovered her passion for taking care of children and continued that passion for the rest of her life. Before her health began to decline her home was the hub of social gatherings. Whether it was a holiday, family reunion or just where the neighborhood ladies gathered to talk, Joan always made everyone feel welcomed and loved. Aside from socializing, Joan loved horse racing, her favorite event being the Triple Crown, and watching NASCAR. She also enjoyed traveling with her husband Paul.

Joan was predeceased by her husband Paul E. Russell. She is survived by her daughters Lori A. Russell, Amy McKinnon, and Christine Wheeler (Will); brother David Wallin (Margaret); 13 grandchildlren; 5 great grandchildren (with more on the way); and life-long best friend Gladys Davis.

Services will be private at the family’s request.

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