BANGOR - Donna Springer Russell, loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, died peacefully on November 2, 2019 surrounded by her loving family. She was born on September 23, 1936 in Bangor to Kenneth K. Springer and Violet B. (Neal) Springer.
Donna graduated from Bangor High School Class of ‘54 where she delivered her Class Essay. She was a cheerleader (J.V. Captain her junior year). Following graduation, she worked as a secretary at Garland Street Junior High (now William S. Cohen School). In 1957, she married her childhood sweetheart, Richard W. Russell. While her children were young she was a Sunday school teacher at First United Methodist Church in Bangor, where she and Richard were wed. Together they owned and operated Flowers by Richard in Bangor for many years, where they had many loyal customers. Donna worked until age 82, lastly as bookkeeper for Geaghan’s Pub in Bangor.
Surviving are her four children, Deborah Lynn Russell and Dan Potter of Bangor, Brenda Lee and Patrick Geaghan of Brewer, Richard W. Russell II and Lisa Hughes Russell of Bangor, and Scott Anthony Russell of Hermon; five grandchildren, Darcy Lee Andrade, Tara Lynn Geaghan, Ryan Richard Russell and Dylan Hotham Russell, Jeremy Scott Russell, and Cameron Thomas Russell; sister, Helen Yerxa; brothers, Ronald Springer and Lawrence Springer; sisters-in-law, Mary Springer, Lorraine MacDonald, Georgia Springer, and Rita Langille; numerous nieces and nephews.
Donna was very recently predeceased by her beloved husband of 62 years, Richard Wayne Russell. She missed him immensely. She was also predeceased by her parents; special grandmother, Mary (Shanks) Neal; brothers Vaughn “Buzzie” Springer and Ralph Springer; brother in-law, Gerald Yerxa; sister in-law, Jessie “Sally” Cochrane.
Donna’s family extends their heartfelt thanks to the staff of Northern Lights EMMC for the kind and compassionate care they provided to Donna.
At Donna’s request, there will be no visiting hours or service. For those who wish, donations in her memory may be made to Good Samaritan Agency, 100 Ridgewood Drive, Bangor, ME 04401 or at goodsamaritanbangor.org, or to a charity of their choice. Messages and memories may be shared with the family at kileyandfoley.com
Arrangements by Kiley & Foley Funeral Service, 299 Union St. Bangor.
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