Russell, Barbara

Barbara Dillon Russell passed peacefully at home with her beloved husband, Buddy at her side on October 4, 2011. She was born on October 25, 1923 in Newport, RI. Barbara was the daughter of the late Maurice and Agnes Dillon. She attended school in Newport and continued her education at the Milgrim Secretarial School. Her degree allowed her to work with Newport’s society providing her with many exciting experiences. Barbara’s love for Newport continued throughout her lifetime. After moving to Manchester, CT in 1950, she worked in administrative management positions with the town manager of Manchester and several transportation firms. She continued her lifelong learning process by attending Manchester Community College’s Art Program. Barbara’s creative abilities included culinary arts, gardening and most especially photography. She was a member of the Manchester Art Association where she won numerous awards for her photography. Her other interests included reading, duplicate bridge, golf and travel. Barbara had a love of beauty and nature. She and Buddy spent many enjoyable days driving the country roads of New England discovering new places and restaurants. Besides her loving husband of 69 years, she leaves her daughter Mary Lynn and husband Ralph Rooke of Old Saybrook, her son Bart and wife Rorie Russell of Bloomfield, six grandchildren, five great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday (Oct. 8) from 12:00pm-1:30pm with Memorial Services beginning at 12:00pm with Fr. Michael Dolan officiating. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. To send online condolences to the family, please visit

Calling Hours

Saturday, October 9, 2011 12:00-1:30pm

Funeral Service

Saturday, October 9, 2011 at 12:00pm Ahern Funeral Home



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