Ellen K. Russell, dog breeder, trainer

September 19, 2017

Ellen K. Russell, 71, of Bridgeville, passed away peacefully Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, at her residence. She was born in Long Branch, N.J., June 30, 1946, daughter of the late John Kunkle and Joyce Jones Griffen. She was also preceded in death by her husband William James Russell "Jimmie" in October 2007.

Ellen was a 1964 graduate of Milford High School and attended Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. She was known by many in the dog industry for her breeding, training and showing of Collies and Shelties.

She is survived by two sons, Christopher Russell, his wife Sarah and their son Blake of Bridgeville; and Douglas Russell of Bridgeville and his children, Samuel, Allison and Whitney, all of Clayton; her sister Jennifer White of Yanceyville, N.C., and a cousin, Jane Webber of Stevens, Pa.

Memorial Services were held Saturday, Sept. 23, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium-Hardesty Chapel, Bridgeville.

Private interment will be in Bridgeville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Ellen's name to The Collie Health Foundation by visiting

Please visit Mrs. Russell's Life Memorial Webpage and sign her online guestbook at

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