Elizabeth “Betsy” Russell passed away peacefully on March 23rd. She is survived by her husband Dick Russell, her three sons, three step-daughters and 11 grandchildren.
Betsy was born Elizabeth Ann Plumb in 1931 in Seattle, WA. She grew up in the Pacific Northwest and attended Franklin High School and the University of Washington. It was at the UW where she met John Piper and they married after graduating. They had three sons: Christopher, James and Thomas. After living in New York and Washington, DC for a few years, they returned to the Northwest and spent many years in Tacoma and on Mercer Island.
In 1983 she married Dick Russell (daughters: Robin, Judy and Connie). They lived in Burien, Lincoln City, OR, Des Moines and finally Mercer Island as the first residents of the Aljoya Retirement Community. During retirement they travelled extensively throughout the world with their entire family joining them on many of their travels.
Betsy will always be remembered for being one of the kindest and most caring people her friends and family have ever known.