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Doris was married in her home church in 1955. When the church burned down in about 1957, it was rebuilt with a kitchen and dining room to seat 350 people. She really had her work cut out for her then.

Doris joined United Methodist Women about 1961. She joined Christ Church in 1995 after her pilot husband retired and they settled here in Tucson. She has been President of the UMW now for 6 years. Doris has a great desire to have younger women to become involved in UMW, particularly since the average age of the group at Christ Church is probably 82. She says, “As always, you are only as good as the people that work with you. All of our work is a team effort. May we grow as God wishes”. Doris attends Covenant Council monthly which is a requirement so that UMW is aware of the whole church activities. Christ Church UMW meets monthly and has a program and lunch.

Doris continues to cater and organize for weddings, bazaars, luncheons, silent auctions and other types of fundraisers. She says she really enjoys this type of work and is grateful to her mother who taught her well.

Doris graduated from University of Denver in 1957 with a degree in accounting and did a lot of income tax work before retiring. She has three grown sons, four grandchildren (1 girl and 3 boys). All of the children are busy with their lives and none live here in Tucson. She is very fortunate that one son is a pilot and she gets to travel free when seats are available. This way she gets to see her children fairly regularly.

Doris willingly shares her catering talents with other organizations in the community: Silent Auction and Raffle for the Tucson Welcome Club and Indian Ridge Garden Club. Both clubs share the monies they raise with local non-profits. Doris is a member of the VFW and also the American Legion because her father earned a Purple Heart in WWI.
Church Women United is so grateful for Doris as the Key Woman to her church and her involvement in the community. In her Key Woman role she shares information between CWU and her UMW group about Celebrations and Forums and also about the social justice issues that affect our entire community. Doris, thank you so much for all that you do!

Key woman: Doris Russell

Doris started very early in her service to the women’s organizations in her church. The organization, Women’s Society of Christian Service (WSCS) was the precursor to United Methodist Women. At the tender age of five, she was assisting her mother setting up tables for groups as large as 250 people. The church was the only place in her hometown that could hold that many people at one time. The hotel could only accommodate a maximum of 100 people. She recalls that the WSCS was asked to provide new curtains for Sunday school rooms, furnish the parsonage—remember those? They prepared all the food and served 250/350 plates one by one. It took a lot of ladies!

Agreed to Differ, Resolved to Love and United to Serve