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Rebecca D (Filener) Russell

November 15, 1960 ~ April 24, 2019 (age 58)
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Rebecca D. Russell was born on November 15, 1960 in La Mesa, California to parents, Dean Filener and Jessie Walker. She died on April 24, 2019 at her home in Hermiston, Oregon at the age of 58 years. Rebecca was raised in Kansas, attending schools in Valley Center, Kansas. She graduated from Valley Center High School in the class of 1978. Rebecca then attended Fort Hays College where she earned her bachelor of arts degree in photography. She moved to Nyssa, Oregon in 1982 where she married Gary Russell on March 21, 1987. They moved to Portland, Oregon in 1987 and later Prineville, Oregon before settling in Hermiston, Oregon in 2012 where they have lived since. Rebecca enjoyed quilting, hunting, fishing, butterflies, humming birds, gardening and photography. She was a longtime advocate and supporter of World Vision International.

She is survived by her husband: Gary Russell, Hermiston, OR; mother: Jessie Walker, Pendleton, OR; sons: William Russell, Richland, WA, Mitchell Russell, Troutdale, OR & Jeremiah Russell, Jacksonville, FL; daughters: Genie Ross, Portland, OR & Rebecca Ramer, Vancouver, WA; brothers: William Filener, Broken Arrow, OK, David Filener, Tuscan, AZ & Randall Melton, Pendleton, OR; sisters: Mary Powell-McConnell, Tuscan, AZ, Cynthia Russell, La Grande, OR, Julia Flynn, Pendleton, OR & Willa Wallace, Pendleton, OR; 8 grandchildren; 1 great grandson; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Rebecca was preceded in death by her father.    

A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 1:00 P.M. at Burns Mortuary Chapel, Hermiston, Oregon.

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Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, Oregon is in care of arrangements.

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