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If you are not already a paid CFBRAA member I want to encourage you to become one.
Our association is doing good things and helping out many with special needs and scholarships.
We aren't doing as much as we would like to do and not as much as one would expect, especially if you or someone you are close to are in need of financial help.
We are limited by the funds we have available, so what we can do is modest compared to the needs.

Here is what we were able to accomplish this year with less than 300 paid members:
1. Helped 15 families in crisis situations, providing medical help, housing, utilities, clothing, etc. You provided nearly $11K in crisis support to families.
2. Helped 9 alumni families send their children to college, providing $6K in scholarship assistance.
3. Helped scores of new alumni with transportation, providing $4K for vehicle maintenance and fuel for the Alumni Support Center.
4. Provided $500 to the residents of the Alumni Support Center to help with Christmas presents for their families.
5. Provided $500 to the homes at BR as awards for the Christmas Contest winners.

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Harold Russell's Mother Helen Russell

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Harold Russell's Mother Helen Russell

Postby Jeff Mitchell » Mon Nov 05, 2012 3:17 am

Below is a note from Harold Russell’s wife concerning the death of his mother. Harold’s brothers were Fred, Lloyd, Vernon who lived
In Edwards Home with us.

We need to keep these BR family members in our prayers.

Mrs. Waldrip,

Harold ask that I send you an email to let you know his Mom, Helen Russell, passed away peacefully this morning. She was 95.
She had Alzheimer’s and had been on hospice for a week or so. The funeral is going to be at Johnson-Moore Funeral Home in Denison, TX, but the details are not known yet.

Thank you,
Jana Russell


DENISON - Helen Louise Russell, 95, died on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012 in Rowlett.

Mrs. Russell will lie in state from noon until 6 p.m. Wednesday, and 8:30 a.m. until service time on Thursday at Johnson-Moore Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012 at Johnson-Moore Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery.

Helen was born on April 28, 1917 in Sherman, the daughter of Walter and Mamie Pyles Sanders. She attended school in Denison. On June 16, 1935 in Trenton, she married Wilburn Clois Russell. He preceded her in death in 1978. She was a homemaker and of the Methodist faith.

She is survived by her sons, Jimmy Russell of Quinlan, Charles Russell of Navasota, Harold Russell of Garland, Leon Russell of Temple, Vernon Russell of Chesnee, S.C., Fred Russell of Lubbock, Melvin Russell and Michael Russell both of California; daughters, Joyce Wrinkle of Garland, Laura Skiles of Garland, Ramona Raymond of Amarillo, and Sheila Russell of Ohio; brother, Willie Sanders of Lake Whitney; sister, Josephine Walls of Lake Whitney; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clois; brothers, Walter Sanders, Jimmy Sanders, Herbert Sanders, Donald Sanders and George Sanders; sisters, Edith Hancock, Pearl Dumas, Grace Lindly, Gladys Armstrong and Evelyn.

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Re: Harold Russell's Mother Helen Russell

Postby rob waldrup » Mon Nov 05, 2012 7:28 am

They were all in room four. Harold and Vernon have a body shop somewhere in Dallas, I hear. LLoyd is no longer among us. Fred, I have no information. Good guys, tough but fun loving. I'll be looking for the Guest Book. This is why I would like to make the reunions and Gatherings at Dallas. We aren't getting any younger. I see dust stirring for the one coming in February, Better go if you're gonna. They or you or one of us may not be there for the next one. 8)
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Re: Harold Russell's Mother Helen Russell

Postby Tiny » Mon Nov 05, 2012 9:59 am

A lot of exes are in Texas and it is just one more reason for us to use these brief opportunities to meet and greet.
Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.
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Re: Harold Russell's Mother Helen Russell

Postby rob waldrup » Mon Nov 05, 2012 11:04 am

Yeah, and all my exes are in Texas too!! :oops: :lol: :lol: 8)
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Re: Harold Russell's Mother Helen Russell

Postby Jerry Nicholson » Mon Nov 05, 2012 12:24 pm

some of us are way past the age we thought was "old" when we were at BR. :roll: I agree with Tiny that we need to make the most of the time we have.

My prayers are with the family in this sad time.
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