Sarah Lynn Russell, age 16, of Helena died as a result of a car accident near Beaver Creek early Sunday morning, July 22, 2007.
Sarah was born in Helena Dec. 16, 1990, to Allen K. and Pamela (Doane) Russell. She attended elementary school at Bryant, secondary school at Helena Middle School and high school at Helena High/PAL.
Sarah loved to laugh and bake and had a passion for children and playing with them. Her nature and the kindness and generosity she showed to others through her short life were leading her to a good future. She had a goal of being a massage therapist, working on a cruise ship. Sarah volunteered for the Special Olympics and at Spring Meadow Resources, where her mother is employed. She enjoyed sports, camping, outdoors, football (being one of the first girls to play Small Fry football), basketball and boxing. She also attended the one-eighty church group here in Helena.
Sarah was preceded in death by her papa, Bill Christiansen, and grandpa, Gerald Russell.
She is survived by her parents, Allen Russell and Pamela Doane of Helena; brothers, Jacob and David Russell of Helena; great- grandma, Hattie Christiansen of Helena; grandmas, Rieko Russell and Linda Davis both of Helena; great-aunt and uncle, Deborah Christiansen and Bob Galina of Helena; aunts, Shannon Doane of Missoula, Betty Russell of Helena, Dawn Mallard of Helena, and Karen Russell of East Helena; uncles, Ryan Rickman of Helena, Duane Russell of East Helena, Phillip Russell of Helena (presently serving in Iraq); cousins, Shea Maulding, Aidan and Walker Winterburn of Missoula, Malachai and Isaiah Rickman of Helena, Josh and Haley Russell of East Helena, Jordan Hall and Heather Hanser of Helena.
The family requests everyone attending the gatherings for Sarah to wear purple. For those who do not, a purple ribbon will be provided by the family at the funeral home. Viewing hours will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, July 26, 2007, at the Retz Funeral Home.
Funeral services celebrating Sarah's life will be held at 2:30 p.m., Friday, July 27, 2007, at the Retz Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery. The family suggests memorials in Sarah's name to the Spring Meadow Resources, 2850 Broadwater Avenue Helena, MT 59601.