Services are 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, at New Boston United Methodist Church. Burial is at New Boston Cemetery. Visitation is 5-8 p.m. Friday at Fippinger Funeral Home, Aledo, where memorials may be left to the New Boston Community Center or the New Boston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Department. Online condolences can be made at www.fippingerfuneralhome.com.
She was born in Muscatine, Iowa, on May 27, 1943, to Carl and Marie Cooley Nelson. She attended New Boston schools, received her GED in 1990 and attended AIC in Davenport, where she received her degree as a legal secretary. She married Michael Russell Sr. April 12, 1969, in New Boston. He died in 1999.
Carolyn was a homemaker, a cook at the New Boston restaurants and was employed at the Ordinance Plant in Burlington. She was a member of the Assembly of God, former softball and basketball coach, former Cub Scouts leader and Vacation Bible School teacher. She enjoyed social networking, bowling and playing cards. She especially enjoyed her family and was very proud of her grandchildren.
Survivors include two daughters, Jamie (Jeff) Paul, New Boston, Tina (Dan) Frieden, Joy; two sons, Mike (Natalie Doss) Russell Jr., Joy, Howard Russell, New Boston; grandchildren, Jayde, Jayson, Jeffrey, Mandi, Savanah, Madison, Jake, Michelle, Mikey, David, Quintin, Tiffany; two great-grandchildren, Anthony and Hayden; one sister, Violet Malcom, Keithsburg; four brothers, Jim and Gerald Nelson, both of Keithsburg, Doug (Nancy) Nelson and Ronny (Pam) Nelson, both of New Boston; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one brother and a nephew.