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She met her husband, Lawrence Russell, a carpenter, while working at the Taita Hotel. After they married, they moved to Upper Hutt in the mid-1950s, and raised four children.
Shirley worked at Maidstone Furnishing; then the Russells bought a Four Square grocery in Heretaunga, on Fergusson Drive.
She taught violin for many years; a cup at St Patrick's College is named in her honour.
Involvement in voluntary social work led to her being elected to city council in 1983; she served for 18 years, and contested the mayoralty several times.
She was a JP and marriage celebrant from the mid-1980s, and officiated at her last wedding in 2004.
She began selling real estate during her time in Council; she retired from Gillies & Mark in 2003, but continued to help with open homes.
She was involved in Red Cross emergency housing for many years.
The March 1, 1993 'Leader' reported that she had retired as convener for the Red Cross emergency houses after 13 years.
She was a foundation president of the Champagne Club and a member of the Hutt Valley Soroptimists.
Almost everything in this node comes from a 19 October 2005 'Leader' obituary. Dates of addresses come from electoral rolls, as do the couple's full names.
Mangaroa garden for periodic-detention workers; warden Bernie Priston and councillor Shirley Russell.
Local election candidates 1992; council; 8/26, 10 required; Shirley Russell; mayor, 8/8 (2.8%); 10 required; 8th of 26.
Local election candidates 1989; City Council, central ward; 2/6, 3 required; Shirley Russell; mayor, 3/4..
Local election candidates 1989; Mayor, 3/4; Shirley Russell; City Council, central ward, 2/6, 3 req'd.
Upper Hutt Foodbank; Mangaroa community garden; committee member Shirley Russell, treasurer Lynne Wyman.
Model A shop, Princes Street; owner Geoff Sanderson, councillor Shirley Russell in Bill Oppatt's Model A Ford.
Local election candidates 1986; City Council; 7/13; nine required; Shirley May Russell; nine required.
Shirley Russell receiving refrigerator/freezer donated to Red Cross by Smith and Brown; with their manager Richard Murphy.