Mary Frances (Russell) Rutledge passed away February 19, 2019 at the age of 77. She was born October 20, 1941 to Arthur Fred Russell and Mary Pearl (Grissom) Russell in Whitewright, Texas. Frances married Obie Lee Rutledge on August 17, 1963 in Sedalia, Texas. They shared fifty-six years together before her passing.
Frances was a superb teacher who enjoyed a thirty-one-year career in three school districts, Denison, Blue Ridge, and twenty-six years at Bells ISD as a fourth-grade teacher. She was a highly educated woman. Frances graduated from Van Alstyne High School in 1960, she then continued her education at Southeastern Oklahoma State University where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree and finally rounded out her schooling at East Texas State University where she graduated with a master’s in education. She taught and influenced thousands of students. Mrs. Rutledge was respected, admired and loved by her students. She maintained a strict classroom structure and schedule but was tender enough to see the hurts and needs of a troubled student. In retirement, she became the “Cookie Lady” preparing cookies for the youth at First Baptist Church Bells each Wednesday. She was a member of the TSTA, TRTA, Bells Retired Teachers and The Birthday Group. She thoroughly enjoyed going to weekend estate sales with her niece Carolyn. She often volunteered helping where she saw the need. Frances was a classy lady who loved to learn and loved to teach. She was a loving wife, committed educator and true friend. Frances will be dearly missed.
She is survived by her husband of fifty-six years Obie Rutledge of Bells, Texas; sister-in-law Doris Russell of Grand Prairie, Texas; sister-in-law Donna Russell of Whitesboro, Texas; sister-in-law Mollie Jo Hyepock of Richardson, Texas; numerous nieces and nephews along with a host of extended family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents A.F. “Stump” and Mary (Grissom) Russell; brothers, Rev. D. Rudalph Russell, H. Birt Russell, Jack Russell and Joe R. Russell; sister, Guana Russell Pierson; nephew Gary W. Russell and great nephew Carl A. Pierson.
A funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Monday, February 25, 2019 at First Baptist Church Bells, 105 S. Pecan St, Bells, Texas 75414. A visitation will begin one hour before the service. Interment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Whitewright, Texas.
Obie and family,
So sorry for your loss. She was a very good friend.
So sorry for your loss prayers and God Bless!
Mrs. Rutledge was an unforgettable person in many ways for me through the years. She was my 4th grade long ago. She was a friend to my sweet Momma and then became a dear part of my adult life. She always asked how our lives were going with such love and care just as she did when we were in her class. My heart truly aches for your family’s loss and yet joyful for heaven’s gain. What a beautiful lady of grace and dignity. One that I personally will never forget. I love you Mrs. Rutledge.
Our sincere Sympathy. Bob & I are both Heartbroken. Obie & Francis has always meant so Much to Us. Prayers for Obie & Family.
So sorry for your loss!! Our prayers are with you.
She was my favorite teacher, and inspired me to become a teacher myself.
She was a beautiful lady inside and out.
I will truly miss her !!
So very sorry for your loss. She was a sweet lady and will be missed
Mrs. Rutledge was a professional and caring teacher. She was one of the wonderful teachers in Bells that inspired me to want to become an educator. When I became a young teacher in Bells, she was a great mentor and friend to me, but I could never bring myself to call her Frances like the others in the lounge did. She was always Mrs, Rutledge to me- so classy. She was a model teacher –
So sorry. She was definitely a special person.
Frances was a classy lady with a kind and loving heart. She lived “down the street” from our home place and when my Mother was in the nursing home, Frances visited many times and attended many of Mother’s Birthday parties
I will always cherish her for that! She always had a smile on her pretty face! Gone but never forgotten!
Frances was the sweetest woman ever. So sad. She willbe truly missed.
She was a wonderful loving lady she will be missed love and prayers for all
Our prayers are with the family. We have lost an amazing teacher and friend.
So sorry for your loss. Prayers of comfort for you in the coming days.
OBIE & FAMILY- SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. OUR THOUGHTS & PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU. Y’ALL HAVE BEEN A GOOD FRIEND TO US & MY MOM & DAD. WE WILL MISS HER, SHE WAS A GOOD TEACHER & FRIEND.
So sorry for your loss. She was a special person.
So sorry for your loss.Was a good friend to us
My deepest condolences. It was an honor to have known such a wonderful person. May God give you comfort and peace during this time.
Frances you will forever be in my ? ..You were always an inspiration to me. May you rest in peace my precious and lovely friend…Will hopefully see you walking with all the angels in heaven..
I was so shocked to see the obituary in the paper Sunday. I saw Frances at Frances Willis estate sale on Saturday and then she died on Tuesday. I’m so sorry. Frances was a sweet caring person. Will always remember her helping me with the boys after I had surgery.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and family during this time. Praying for comfort and strength.
So sorry to hear, she will be missed.
Mr. Rutledge ,
We were so sadden to hear of Mrs. Rutledge’s passing . We pray The Lord will comfort you in the difficult days ahead .
Obie, I am so sorry for your loss. Couple of years ago we were lucky to see and visit with you two. I loved her.
Frances was a great person. Loved running into at the estate sales. She was always in a good laughing mood and so friendly. Will miss you Frances.