Mable Vaver Russell, 90, of Grants Pass, Ore., and formerly of Crescent City, passed away on Friday, March 9, 2007, at Hearthstone Manor in Medford, Ore. She was born to Suzanna and Andrew Vaver on June 17, 1916, in Bulwinkle, a small town in Humboldt County that no longer exists. The family moved to Longview, Wash. where Mable graduated from R.A. Long High School. On April 21, 1940, in Sheridan, Ore., Mable married the love of her life, Melvin L. Russell, who preceded her in death. The couple had three sons, Melvin, Jr., Roger, and Cary. The family lived in Humboldt and Del Norte Counties as well as areas in Southern Oregon before settling in Crescent City in 1952.

Mable was in her 60s when she took her real estate exam. Her family had always joked that she could sell ice to Eskimos, so this line of work seemed very appropriate for her. Mable loved to go fishing and did so at every opportunity she had. She also enjoyed baking, cooking, canning, and working in her vegetable and flower gardens. Before becoming too frail to do so, Mable never missed a year entering her favorite creations into the Del Norte County Fair. Her efforts were rewarded with a box full of various colored ribbons that she was not shy about sharing with company.

Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren knew her as andquot;Granny Mable.andquot; Granny Mable always had a full cookie jar, with of course, homemade cookies. She had a knack for always having her grandchildren and great-grandchildren's favorite ice cream in her freezer just in case one of them would visit. Her favorite ice cream was maple nut, which would also be stocked. Granny Mable loved ice cream as much as she loved fishing.

Survivors include her son, Melvin Jr. and his wife, Marlys; her son Cary, all of Grants Pass; her son, Roger's wife, Maxine of Puyallup, Wash.; five grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her son Roger, her parents, and her siblings. No services are planned. Southern Oregon Cremation Services are in charge of arrangements.

Wilma Luella Woolworth


Funeral services will be held today at 10 a.m. for lifelong resident, Wilma Woolworth, at the Foursquare Gospel Church with interment to follow at the Smith River District Cemetery. Fellowship will follow at the Foursquare Gospel Fireside room.