August 20, 1940 ~ April 6, 2019

Born in: El Paso , Texas
Resided in: Denver, Colorado

Russell M. Ivester, 78, passed away peacefully on April 6, 2019 at her home in Denver, Colorado. She was the middle child of 5 children born to Russell and Jewell McGinnis in El Paso, Texas on August 20, 1940. She attended El Paso Tech where she graduated at the age of 16 years old.

On March 7, 1959, Russell married Reuben E. Ivester in Las Cruces, New Mexico. They were married for 46 years.

Reub and Little Russell enjoyed camping, fishing, and gatherings. Russell was the life of the party and always had a good time. She was sassy!! Those that knew her would agree.

Russell was a great daughter, sister, aunt, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend. She is survived by her three children: Renault (Antonya D.) Ivester, RiKwan (David Williams) Ivester, and Rottowa I (Patricia A.) Ivester. Her grandchildren Roilen, Re’Niaya, Riana, and Rottowa II, 5-great grandchildren, 2-step granddaughters and 5-step great grandchildren. Also, her brothers, Wallace (Eva) McGinnis and Adrian McGinnis.

She was preceded in death by her husband Reuben, her parents, and the following siblings: Beetrece (Harlan) Stewart and Lenora (Logan) Woodard.

In honor of Russell, a Graveside service will take place April 15, 2019, 2:15pm at Fort Logan National Cemetery, Staging Area “C”.

Please give your condolences to the Ivester family.


Graveside Service: April 15, 2019 2:15 pm

Fort Logan National Cemetery
3698 South Sheridan Boulevard
Denver, CO 80236

(303) 761-0117

Room: Staging Area "C"

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  1. Please accept my sincere condolences for the loss you are all suffering. When Jesus was alive on earth he pointed to a wonderful future for all who have lost love ones in death. “Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.” (John 5:28,29) “The hour us coming.” Jesus told his disciples that in the future God would provide a way for those who have died to be brought back to life. May this hope comfort your grieving hearts at this difficult time.

  2. Russell, it seems like just yesterday when we talked on the phone. When I got here to the house today, I still expected to hear your voice calling out to me. I will miss you. I love you.
    P.S. I am still not using the guest towels.

  3. Russell, as unbelievable as it is to me that you’ve gone home to be with our father in Heaven, I will remember everything you have ever said to me. You were the best mother in law that anyone could have, you inspired me continually with your wisdom and authority. You Russell are the epitome of beauty. As I could go on and on about your love and tenacity for life in general. As I tearfully write on your memorial wall scripture comes to mind Matthew 5:4
    Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.
    My condolences I offer the Ivester-McGinnis family, may God grant you peace and comfort you in this time and when you’re alone thinking of Russell. Just remember that to be absent from the body is to be present withGod
    Be blessed
    Antonya Ivester (daughter-in-law)

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