The funeral for Georgerene “Georgie” Russell, 71, a lifelong Riverton resident, will be held at 10:00 am on Monday September 27, 2021 at the Neighborhood Alliance Church. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery. Immediately after the funeral services, everyone is invited to join the family at The Reach Clubhouse for a reception. The viewing will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 26, 2021 at Davis Funeral Home.
Ms. Russell died on Monday, September 20, 2021 at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, Wyoming.
Georgie was born March 28, 1950, daughter of Leo E. and Ethel G. (Harris) Cottenoir in Riverton, Wyoming. She attended St. Stephen’s Catholic School until Grade 10 until she transferred to Riverton High School where she graduated. After graduation, Georgie attended the University of Wyoming, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in mathematics.
On July 20, 1974, she married James “Jim” R. Russell in Riverton, Wyoming.
Her first step into the workforce began with roller skating as a Carhop for the Dash Inn / Drive In. In the 1970s Georgie worked as a designer – lineman for Mountain Bell and Century 21 as a real estate agent. . Georgie began her teaching career as an elementary school teacher for 7 years at St. Stephen’s School, 9 years at Arapaho Elementary School and 3 years at Fort Washakie School before her final 13 years as a than
Math teacher / Mathematics Facilitator at Riverton Middle School. During this time, she coached her students in basketball, volleyball and served as director of athletics throughout her career.
Georgie was an active member of her local church, Neighborhood Alliance, participating in the women’s group and handling the monthly bulletin board and weekly newsletter. She was also president of the DOES in 1986.
Georgie’s most precious joy was spending time with her family. She attended all the activities of her children and grandchildren that were humanly possible. She dreamed of visiting all 50 states, a goal she achieved at the age of 65. Georgie continued to explore throughout her life, taking road trips of all kinds, to immerse herself in the beauty of the United States. Attended painting parties with girls and watching her favorite TV sporting events while snuggling up with her precious Chilupa (Chihuahua). She had a passion for reading a good drama or a love story, but also loved watching old movies, especially if there was Elvis or John Wayne in it. His most favorite films were Gone with the Wind and The Sound of Music.
Georgie and Jim took advantage of living near the mountains, taking their families camping and fishing as often as possible. She was a legendary softball catcher, who
received an athletic scholarship offer from the University of Wyoming. Georgie was particularly interested in the study of American history, inspired by her own personal history as allegedly the great-granddaughter of the infamous Butch Cassity.
Survivors include her loving husband, James “Jim” R. Russell of the family home in Riverton; sons, William J. Russell and his wife, Sheri, Michael D. Russell of Caldwell, ID and Stacy D. Russell of Shoshoni, WY; daughters, Lorrae V. Russell and his wife, Sandy of Sacramento, CA, Jennifer D. Morris and her husband, Orion of Riverton, Lisa D. Cassidy and her husband, Ryan of Virginia Beach, VA, and Jana D. Russell and her companion, “Jill Dog” of Riverton, WY; grandchildren, Jessie R. Dietz, Dalton D. Dietz,
Julia J. Masson, Chayci D. Russell, Morgan P. Masson, Kenedee G. Cassidy, Braylee D. Russell, Abee R. Cassidy, Marlee G. Cassidy and Leo K. Morris; 5 great-grandchildren; brothers, Leo E. Cottenoir, Jr. and Mitchel T. Cottenoir; sister, Deborah K. Cottenoir.
She was predeceased by her parents, Léo and Ethel Cottenoir; sisters, Helen Welch and Lorraine Webb and several nieces and nephews.
Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.TheDavisFuneralHome.com.
Services are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home in Riverton, Wyoming.