Riverdale woman turns 100

Tuesday , March 18, 2014 - 11:10 AM


Gladys Mae Russell of Riverdale will celebrate her 100th birthday with her family and friends at a special celebration on Feb. 20 at Stoney Brooke Assisted Living.

She was born Feb. 20, 1912, in Ogden to Alfred and Alice Rackham.

She married James D. Russell on Sept. 20, 1932. He died May 16, 2004. While in their 80s, their vows were solemnized in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Ogden Temple.

She worked as the "elevator girl" at J.C. Penney for 20 years and also at the candy counter. She enjoyed her job.

Fond of cats, she always had one and fed many strays.

She enjoyed cooking and grocery shopped daily. In every grocery store, she greeted the butcher by name, where meat was cut and wrapped to her specification.

When addressing others, she always says "hey, kid."

Her children and spouses are Betty and Larry Austin, Lynda and Kenny Andersen, and Dean and Linae Russell.

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