Alta Jean Russell

November 16, 1942 - September 13, 2021

Mrs. Alta Jean Russell, 78, of Jane, Missouri, departed this life on Monday, September 13, 2021, in the comfort of her home, after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s.


Alta entered this life on November 16, 1942, in Borger, Texas, daughter of the late Gene and Margaret (Payne) Stowers.  She was raised in Borger and was a 1960, graduate of Borger High School.  On June 1, 1961, she was united in marriage to Leon Russell and to this union a daughter was born.  They resided in Texas until moving to Jane, Missouri, in 1966.  For several years, Alta was employed by International Tours as a travel professional.  After retiring, she worked for the McDonald County Health Department for a few years.  She enjoyed traveling the United States as well as many overseas ventures.  She and Leon loved spending their winters in Arizona where they would spend their days trail riding.  Alta was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Jane, Missouri.


She was preceded in death by her parents; and two siblings, Jerry Stowers and Anita Ausbrooks.


Alta is survived by her husband of sixty years, Leon Russell of the home; a daughter, Mary Sharp and husband, Curtis, of Bentonville, Arkansas; and two grandchildren, Taylor Sharp of Houston, Texas and Tyler Sharp of Bentonville.


Funeral services are 11:00 a.m. Thursday, September 16, 2021 at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Jane, Missouri, with Pastors Jamey Cope and Hank Gorman officiating. Burial will follow at Jane Cemetery.  Those honoring her life by serving as pallbearers are Mark Baker, Scott Russell, Dillon Russell, Sheldon Russell, Chris Neale and Jonathan Tauzin.  The family will receive friends on Thursday morning at 10:00 a.m. at the church.  In lieu of flowers memorials are being directed to the Alzheimer’s Foundation c/o the funeral home. On-line condolences may be sent to the family through our website,  Arrangements are under the personal care and direction of the Ozark Funeral Home in Anderson, Missouri.