Ellen M. Russell, 60, passed away April 18, 2019

Ellen M. Russell, 60, of Coloma passed away Thursday, April 18, 2019, at her home.

A service celebrating Ellen’s life will be announced at a later date at her favorite spot by the beach. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Boys & Girls Club of Benton Harbor or Benton Harbor Promise. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence for the family may do so online at www.starks-menchinger.com.

Ellen was born March 31, 1959, in Benton Harbor to Norval and Patricia (Cantrell) Russell. She graduated from Coloma High School class of 1977. She received her Bachelor’s, two Master’s degrees and was currently working on her Doctorate in early childhood education. Ellen worked as an administrator for Tri- County Head Start for 13 years, this was a position she was very passionate about. She was also the past Executive Director for the Berrien County Council for Children, taught Co-Parenting Classes for the Berrien County Friend of the Court and was involved in the jail ministries program. Ellen was a member of the St. Joseph Rotary, the Lake Michigan Beach Property Association and First Church of God. In her spare time she enjoyed going to the beach, working out and activities such as sky diving and roller skating. Most of all she loved her family and her grandkids were her true joy.

She is survived by her daughter, Arica (Cecil) Jones of Coloma; son, Elliott Aiken of Grand Rapids; grandchildren: Lukas Jones, Konyhr Aiken, Liam Aiken and Izobelle Jones; siblings: James (Suzy) Russell of Bridgman, Cecilia (Jeff) Collard of Coloma, Linda (Tony) DeLapa of St. Joseph, Tom (Dayna) Russell of Tampa, Fla., and Joe Russell of Wabash, Ind., and numerous nieces, nephews, and special friend, Andrew Cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents. 

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