Rhona Russell


Rhona Russell

Rhona (Ronni) Ann Belk Russell, devoted wife, mother and friend, went on to earn her wings and be with her Lord and Savior on April 25, 2017, with her family at her side.

Ronni was born to Sharky and Judy Belk (deceased) on August 25, 1944 in Alice. She was a 1963 graduate of Pleasanton High School. As a teenager, Ronni frequently sang for her church family. She married the love of her life, John Russell, on January 5, 1969 and went on to have two children together, Laura and Kris. Ronni was an adventurous soul with a zest for life and enjoyed scuba diving, racing, horseback riding thru Big Bend and working outside. In 1984, John and Ronni moved their family to Brady, where they lived until moving to Big Spring in 2017. Ronni managed the Sunset Inn Motel for many years before going to the Brady Police Department to find a new career as a dispatcher. After retiring from the police department, she enjoyed working at Wal-Mart and visiting with her co-workers, friends and shoppers. Ronni was always passionate about reading and research and loved to share her knowledge with others who needed her wisdom and compassion. As a devout Christian, she would never hesitate to pray for anyone and would give the shirt off her back to those in need.

Ronni chose to donate her body to research in hopes that one day they will find a cause, treatment and/or cure for Pulmonary Fibrosis.

Ronni is survived by her loving husband, John, her daughter and son-in-law, Laura and Bobby LaRue of Big Spring, her son Kris Russell of New Orleans, Louisiana, her loving granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Bailey and Brad Shelton of Big Spring, grandson Parker Russell of Louisiana, and her favorite little guy-great grandson Hayden Shelton. Also, sisters Martha and Tom O’Meara of Austin and Virginia and Ken Krueger of Houston along with three very special nieces and their families, whom she loved dearly.

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