Sarah A. Osborne Russell

January 03, 1941 - February 26, 2015

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Sarah Ann Osborne Russell, 74, of Brockton and West Harwich, passed away Thursday, February 26, 2015 at the Life Care Center of West Bridgewater after a brief illness. She was the devoted wife of David Francis Russell for 48 years.

Born Friday, January 3, 1941 in Brookline, she was the daughter of the late William Francis Osborne and Sarah Alice (Higgins) Osborne. Raised and educated in Brockton, she was a graduate of Brockton High School, class of 1958. She then earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Boston College School of Nursing in 1962. She then worked as a Staff Nurse at Boston City Hospital and Boston VA Hospital. She then received her Master of Science Degree from Boston College in 1967.

Prior to her marriage to David F. Russell in 1966 she taught Nursing at the Brockton Hospital School of Nursing and Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C.

In 1984 after raising her family, Sally returned to the nursing profession as a Certified Diabetes Educator at Bridgewater Goddard Park Medical Associates in Brockton for 17 years, retiring in 2001. Sally was also an active participant in the “Nurse’s Health Study” sponsored by Harvard Medical School.

The three most cherished parts of Sally’s life were her Catholic faith, her loving family and her many loyal friends. Her faith was both an inspiration and a source of comfort. Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Brockton was instrumental in her spiritual life. It was there that she received the sacraments of baptism, first communion, penance, confirmation and matrimony.

During her adult life she was an active member and communicant of St. Patrick Church in Brockton where she was a CCD Teacher and Eucharistic Minister. In more recent years, she enjoyed time spent at her home in West Harwich where she was a communicant of Holy Trinity Parish. For several months she spent winters in Naples, Florida where she was a communicant of St. John Parish.

Sally was happiest when she was able to share leisure time with those she loved. Traveling and taking cruises and hosting parties for family and friends were some of the things she enjoyed the most. Trips to Bermuda were most special to her, it was there that she and David celebrated their honeymoon.

In addition to her husband David, she was the loving mother of David Francis Russell, Jr. and his wife Anne Marie, Suzanne Frances Russell Backoff and her husband Brian and Maura Ann Russell; she was the proud, loving, joy filled “Gramma” of Daniel Francis Russell; aunt of Michele Osborne Driscoll and Amanda Osborne; she is also survived by several other nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Richard J. Osborne.

Funeral Information

A funeral mass will be celebrated for the repose of her soul on Monday, March 2nd at 11:00AM in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 439 West Street, Brockton. Interment will follow in Melrose Cemetery, Brockton. Calling hours in her late residence, Russell & Pica Funeral Home on  Sunday from 1:00-5:00PM followed by a vigil service at 5:00PM.

Donations Information

In keeping with Sally’s Catholic and educational values, donations may be made in Sally’s memory to Trinity Catholic Academy, 37 Erie Ave., Brockton, MA 02302 to enhance the educational opportunities for students.

Donations Link:

Trinity Catholic Academy


Service:  Our Lady of Lourdes Church

Sarah A. Osborne Russell

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