Ruth Ann Kesl Russell, 78, Wichita, passed away Tuesday, April 8, at her home. She was born in Concordia on Dec. 5, 1935, the daughter of I.R. and Melva Davis.
Ruth married Jim Kesl in 1958 and they lived most of their lives in Salina. Jim passed away in 1985. She married Joe Russell in 1999 and they made their home in Wichita.
Ruth was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She was preceded by her parents; husband, Jim; sister, Neva Sterling; and infant twin grandsons, Jared and Andrew Kesl.
Survivors include her husband, Joe, of Wichita; Ruth's three children, Brad Kesl and wife Karen of Manhattan, Bruce Kesl of Lawrence and Becky Jennings and husband Randy of Salina; grandson, Taylor Kesl and granddaughter, Chantel Schuster; and Joe's children, Aaron Russell and wife, Stephanie of Emporia, Derek Russell and wife, Sandra, Wichita, and Todd Russell and wife Jennifer, Salina; granddaughter, Kaitlynn Russell, grandson, Hank Russell and granddaughter, Alyssa Russell. Ruth has two brothers, Norman Davis and wife, Debbie of Ottawa and Harry Davis of Warsaw, Mo.
 Memorial services will be at 11 a.m., Monday, April 14, 2014, at the Ryan Mortuary in Salina. Inurnment will be in the Roselawn Cemetery, Salina. Memorials may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice, 439 North McLean Blvd., Suite 100, Wichita, Kan. 67201. For more information or to leave condolences go to




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