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Sally I. Russell

March 20, 2023

S. RussellSally Ierlan Russell, 90, Clayton and formerly of Ogdensburg, passed away Monday morning, March 20, 2023, at St. Joseph's Home, Ogdensburg.

Sally was born in Watertown August 9, 1932, daughter of Bruce R. and Frances H. Duggan Ierlan. She graduated from Clayton Central School in 1951 and from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in 1954 as a Registered Nurse.

She worked at HIghland Hospital and Strong Memorial Hospital, both in Rochester. Sally then moved to Ogdensburg with her family where she worked in the Obstetrics and Hemodialysis departments at A. Barton Hepburn Hospital along with doing private duty nursing. In 1977 she began working at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center and retired in 1999.

Sally was a communicant of Notre Dame Church in Ogdensburg and then St. Mary’s Church in Clayton after returning to her hometown in 1998. Sally was a member of the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association. She enjoyed teaching her children how to ski as well as quilting, gardening, reading and was a lifelong learner. She took great pleasure spending time with her family on The River, traveling to see her children - Germany, Canadian Maritimes, North Dakota, Texas and Florida -and her train trip through the Canadian Rockies.

Sally is survived by her four children, Elizabeth A. (John C.) Frye, Huber Heights, OH, Kathryn M. (Dennis) Smithmyer, Clermont, FL, Jani D. (Thomas) Hobbs, Potsdam, and Robert I. (Patricia N.) Russell, Delmar; 12 grandchildren, Sara, John, Amanda, Grace, Thomas, Michael, Amelia, Leah, Katelyn, Benjamin, Matthew, and Emily; 8 great grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Terry Ierlan and Barbara Ierlan, both of Clayton; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by her former husband, Robert W. Russell; her son Leslie Bruce Russell, who died in infancy; sister Elizabeth Ann Ierlan, July 26, 1941; a nephew, Christopher W. Ierlan, August 23, 1982; and three brothers, P. Thomas Ierlan, August 10, 1983, Fred C. "Pete" Ierlan, December 12, 2000, and William B. "Mudcat" Ierlan, May 18, 2004.

A funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday, March 25, at 11 AM at St. Mary's Church, Clayton.. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton and online condolences to Sally's family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers donations in her name may be made to Clayton Food Pantry, c/o St. Mary's Church, 521 James St., Clayton, NY 13624 or St. Joseph's Home, 950 Linden St., Ogdensburg, NY 13669.


#8 Yuvon& phil Marra 2023-03-25 12:28
Sorry to see Sally passing. We went to school at Clayton Central. 1950’s. Prayers for her family.
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#7 Maureen OConnor 2023-03-24 13:08
RIP Sally, you were a strong woman with a mind of your own. A good example of what a woman can accomplish through good and bad times. I will always check your front porch to see if you’re out enjoying the sun.
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#6 Terry Smith 2023-03-23 15:52
Jani, Rob, Kathy and Liz,
Sorry for your loss.
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#5 Eileen Simmons 2023-03-22 15:04
Rob, Jani, Liz, Kathy, Our thoughts and prayers to all of you and your families at this difficult time. Share great memories to keep your mom alive. Peace and love.
Eileen (Hackett) and Roy Simmons
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#4 Ted Dillenback 2023-03-21 22:48
Sorry to hear Sally passed. She was a very special person and lived an amazing life. My mother, Bettie, was always proud of her Ierlan family roots and her brother Bruce, Sally's father. In Clayton she was part of a very special family and lived to create one herself. Her family can be thankful and proud of the great life she lived. Beth and I hope you all stay well.
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#3 Betsy Hand Porter 2023-03-21 20:47
Jani, Liz, Kathy and Rob,
I’m so sorry to hear about Sally. I have wonderful memories of her from high school to soup making and weekends in Clayton.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all ❤️
Love, Betsy
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#2 Deacon Mark LaLonde 2023-03-21 20:05
I'm so sorry of hearing of Sally's passing. She was so special to me as I knew her from the Saint Lawrence Psychiatric Center where I worked with her. I was 23 and she was a mother figure to me. As a young nurse I enjoyed our talks. She worked ward #15 with elderly women with much care and respect.
I pray that God welcome here into the Hall's of his heavenly Kingdom.
Sally, Rest in Peace!
Deacon Mark LaLonde St. Mary's Cathedral
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#1 Steven Strouse 2023-03-21 18:44
Always enjoyed seeing Sally when up in Clayton during the summer months, she was always friendly and had a smile to share. She was very kind to me when my mom passed........R IP Sally
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