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FRAMINGHAM – Dorothy M. “Debbie” (Hildreth) Russell, age 87, a longtime resident of Ashland, died Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at Metrowest Medical Center, Framingham.

She was the wife of 43 years to the late Alvah F. “Rusty” Russell who died in 1999.

Born in Framingham, she was the daughter of the late Leslie L. and Charlotte E. (Colbert) Hildreth.

Debbie worked at Framingham Union Hospital as a Medical Transcriber in the Telemetry Unit for 20 years.

Debbie is survived by her children, Laura Mullins and her husband Paul of Plainville, Gary Russell of Clinton, John “Jack”‘ Russell of Leominster, Timothy Russell of Ashland, and Christopher Russell of Ashland;  as well as her grandchildren, Courtney Cook and Joseph Russell.

She was predeceased by her grandson, Jason Grieve and daughter-in-law Lisa Russell.

In keeping with Debbie’s wishes, there will be no funeral services.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care of Norton Funeral Home, Framingham.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Framingham Heart Study, 73 Mt Wayte Ave., Framingham, MA

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.