On Tuesday, July 16, 2019, Judy Kaye Russell, Wife, Mother, Nana, Daughter, Sister, Aunt, Cousin, and Friend went to be with her Savior, Jesus Christ, suddenly, at the age of 68.
Kaye was born February 21, 1951 in Ozark, MO. She was raised in Highlandville and later moved to Nixa. Kaye was a dedicated wife and mother, but her favorite role was Nana. She had a vivacious personality and made friends everywhere she went.
Kaye loved to love on people. Her favorite time of year was Christmas. She worked diligently all year round to find the perfect gifts for each family member and the highlight was the 22 stockings overflowing the mantel. She also loved to sew and make crafts, jewelry, and dresses for her grandkids. Her hands were rarely still.
Kaye worked as a beautician for 15 years, something she enjoyed thoroughly. She loved traveling on the road with her husband while he worked and always had a craft with her to work on. Glitter filled the truck. She also enjoyed boating, camping, and spending time with her family, especially her precious grandchildren.
Kaye had a heart of gold and touched countless people with the love of God. Her life was a living example of the Bible verse, Ephesians 4:32: "And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ." Kaye gave until she didn't have anything left to give and truly left a sparkle everywhere she went.
We take comfort in the fact that she is no longer in pain and walking the streets of gold with Jesus, spreading glitter everywhere she goes. Kaye's favorite bible verse was "For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope."
Jeremiah 29:11 NLT. She believed this verse with her whole heart.
Kaye will forever be cherished and remembered by her husband and best friend of 31 years, Steve Russell; her mother, Betty Holstein; her daughter, Shannon Kleier, and her husband, David, with their children, Dillon and Lori; her son Brandon Stewart and his wife Rachel, with their children, Cody and Hayden; her son Chad Stewart and his wife Sarah, with their children, Jax and Ava; her stepson, Chris Russell, and his children Kennadi and Maci; her stepdaughter, Kari Russell, and her partner James Meador, with their children, Sydney and Liam; niece and nephew, Jennie and Holden Holstein; her half-sister, Sandra Looney and her children, Robin Lemaster, Scott Witt, Allen Witt, Lori Steele, and Marty Witt; many close friends, and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her father Holland Holstein and her brother Bill Holstein.
Memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be made at the Go Fund Me page "Celebrating Kaye Russell".
A Celebration of Life Service for Kaye Russell will be held Thursday, July 25th, at 6:00 p.m. at Nixa First Assembly, 113 W. Mt Vernon, Nixa, MO 65714.