Margaret A. Russell of Marilla, an active volunteer in Buffalo-area Christian organizations, died April 12 in Spring Hill, Fla., while visiting family. She was 59.
Born Margaret Swierat in Depew, she was a graduate of St. Mary's High School in Lancaster. She met and married Anthony E. Russell 1967 while attending Daemen College, from which she graduated with a degree in education in 1969.
She raised her children while moving around the country during her husband's service in the Air Force. As her husband pursued his career as a commercial airline pilot, Mrs. Russell began working with young children in Marilla Preschool in the late 1980s.
Mrs. Russell became a teacher for Women Aglow, a Christian women's group, which led her to become further involved in other Christian organizations, including Teen Challenge of Buffalo, a program for teenagers and young adults with drug problems. She also helped organize a Christian teen coffeehouse in East Aurora, and studied in Elim Bible Institute.
Mrs. Russell continued her Christian activities in Florida, where she and her husband were planning to live part of the year.
In addition to her husband, survivors include a daughter, Melissa; two sons, Darrell and Tony Jr.; her mother, Florence Swierat; two sisters, Kathy
Singerlow and Adrienne Kay; and two brothers, Mark and Michael Swierat.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in Crossroads Christian Church, 1050 Girdle Road, East Aurora.