Nina Russell, 89

Nina Russell, age 89 of Broken Bow, died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, at her home near Broken Bow.Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 15, in the United Methodist Church in Broken Bow with the Rev. Todd Karges officiating. Burial was in the Ansley Cemeter, with Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow in charge of arrangements.. Memorials are suggested to Health Connect at Home (Hospice) or the donor's choice.Nina B. (Samp) Russell was born Feb. 25, 1923, to Roland and Mabel (McAbee) Samp on a farm south of Mason City where she spent her childhood She graduated from Mason City High School. She taught all grades in Tufford country school north of the Samp farm. She often talked of riding a horse to school where she taught.Nina was united in marriage to the love of her life, Alvin Russell, March 9, 1947. To this union were born three daughters: Barbara (Dennis) Cramer of Broken Bow, Becky (Gary) Lawrence of Alliance and Nancy (Randy) Scheidies of Minden.Nina helped Alvin on the farm in the field, milking cows, and whatever else needed to be done! They raised cattle, pigs, chickens, turkeys, dogs, cats and a few stray rabbits!She was active in Extension Club and the E.U.B. Church (United Methodist). She taught Sunday School and led a youth group at the church. She was active in the P.T.A. at Berwyn when her daughters were going to school there. Nina worked at the Custer County Social Services Office for 21 years, until her retirement Feb. 29, 1988.She loved to garden and enjoyed growing new crops like cotton and peanuts to show children how they grew. She raised beautiful flowers and knew the names of all of them! She enjoyed sewing and always made all three of her daughters and herself new dresses for Easter and Christmas. One time we were still sewing the buttons on her sleeve as we went to Church for Easter services. Among many things she taught her daughters how to sew. They each made their own wedding dresses!Nina loved to make all sorts of Christmas candy and cookies and give plates of them away to family and friends. Her favorite holiday was Christmas. She was always the first one to the Christmas tree to open gifts after our traditional family soup supper on Christmas Eve. She was an excellent cook, cherished wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, aunt, cousin and friend.She is survived by her husband; all three daughters and their spouses; six grandchildren, Tami (Joel) Kershner of Hastings, Todd Cramer of Manhattan, Kan., Erick (April) Cramer of Lincoln, Kent (Lisa) Shaw of Broken Bow, Brian Lawrence of Alliance, Whitney (Tim) Stone of Kearney; and 11 great-grandchildren.She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Ardelle Green, Maxine Urwiller and Larry Samp; and one grandchild, Nichole Leann Scheidies, along with several aunts, uncles, nephews and cousins.Published in Custer County Chief, Dec. 27, 2012