Louellyn Russell, SCN

Posted by Spalding Hurst

August 16, 2015


Louellyn Russell, SCN, 83, a native of Uniontown, Kentucky, died at Nazareth Home, Louisville, on Wednesday, August 12, 2015. She had been a Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 64 years.

Sister Louellyn served in elementary education as teacher in Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky for 21 years. In Louisville, she served as physical therapist at Maria Hall and Nazareth Home for 22 years. In later years, Sister Louellyn served in the Chaplaincy Department at Nazareth Home/Maria Hall, and until recently as a Volunteer at Candy for Caring in Louisville, Kentucky.

Sister Louellyn is survived by one sister, Sarah Russell Smith of Louisville, Kentucky, and her religious community.


  1. Kristin Brown

    I had the great privilege and pleasure of being Sr. Lou’s neighbor for about 7 years. She was a great neighbor! Always thoughtful, she would make us her butter brickle at Christmas, a birthday cake for my son, little presents at Christmas for the kids, and the list goes on. My son, who was a toddler at the time, called her “Mr. Lou” and that would crack us up! I will always remember her kindness, generosity and sense of humor.

  2. mary eula johnson scn

    I experienced Louellen’s when she stayed with me for gentle care for several days after I returned to Owensboro after my rehab stay at Nazareth Home.. I felt secure in her care and tried hard to make progress every day. We did so well together that she was able to return to her own Home. Thanks, Lou. Enjoy all those joys you earned. S. Mary Eula Johnson,SCN

  3. Greg Traurig and Family

    A Prayer for Mark Schmidt, Family and Friends

    Father, You can count the stars and call them all by name. Your power is absolute. Your understanding is beyond comprehension. You support the humble and bring the wicked down into the dust. You comfort those who mourn. We declare that those grieving the death of a loved one; mourning will turn into dancing. We confess that You are their rock, fortress, and Savior in whom they will find protection. You are their shield, and the strength of their salvation. Father, You are their stronghold. As they call on You, You have promised to answer. We believe that You will be with them during this period of bereavement, rescue them from grief, honor them, and give them Your salvation. Amen.

  4. Betty Blandford, scn

    I recall the courage and desire she had when she went to Berkley, California to participate in a program of massage therapy for street people in the San Francisco area. She brought this same love and ministry back to Louisville, Ky and ministered at St. Jonh Center. She was in her ’70s at that time. She was one of the most caring woman I’ve known!

    • Lisa Schmidt

      She frequently spoke of this time in her life…It is my belief that she was just as touched by those she helped as they were helped by her healing hands and heart. She was a gift from God to all of us who knew her. ❤️


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