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Martina "Tina" Buckman Russell Obituary

Martina "Tina" Ruth Buckman Russell

May 17, 1941 - August 3, 2019
Born in Fort Belknap, Montana
Resided in Salinas, California
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Martina "Tina" Ruth Buckman Russell died at the age of 78 on Saturday, August 3rd, 2019 at her home from complications of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis.
Tina was born May 17, 1941 on the Gros Ventre Indian Reservation in Fort Belknap, Montana. She lived on the reservation as a young child before her mother and four of her siblings settled in Salinas, CA. Born Native American of the Gros Ventre tribe, Tina embraced her culture. It was important to Tina to pass on and to share with her children and grandchildren what it meant to be Native American. She graduated from Salinas High School in 1960. In 1962 she met Edward Vernon Russell at Mel's Diner in Salinas while he was stationed at the Fort Ord Army Base. In 1963 Ed and Tina married. They recently celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary.
Tina was also a devoted member of Sacred Heart Church. Her love and faith in the church brought Tina much peace and happiness.
Tina is survived by her husband, Edward Russell, their three children, Debra Russell, Vernon Russell (Michelle Russell-Spouse,) and Stephani Russell-Hawthorn (Patrick Hawthorn-Spouse.) Their grandchildren, Michael Acosta (Kim Acosta-Spouse,) Shauna Russell, Dakota Russell, Ian Russell-Hawthorn, and Sydney Russell-Hawthorn. Their great-grandchildren, Mitchel Brown and Mason Acosta. Tina is also survived by her brother, Harry "Punky" Buckman (Debbie Buckman-Spouse), Alvina Strohm, and sister-in law, Violet Rodriguez (brother Ausencio "Cencio" Rodriguez-deceased), all of whom are living in Salinas. She is also survived by numerous half-brothers and half-sisters living in Montana. As well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be 5:00p.m. to 7:00p.m. Monday, August 12, 2019 at Struve and Laporte Chapel, 41 W. San Luis Street, Salinas, CA. 93901.
Rosary will be 7:00p.m. Monday August 12, 2019 at Struve and Laporte Chapel.
Funeral Mass 9:30a.m. Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at Sacred Heart Church, 22 Stone Street, Salinas, CA. 93901.
Burial to follow at Garden of Memories Cemetery, 850 Abbott Street, Salinas, CA. 93901.
There will be a reception to follow at Vernon and Michelle Russell’s, 22583 Indian Springs Road, Salinas, CA. 93908.




Struve and Laporte Chapel
41 W. San Luis Street
Salinas, California 93901
Monday, August 12, 2019
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Struve and Laporte Chapel
41 W. San Luis Street
Salinas, California 93901
Monday, August 12, 2019
7:00 PM
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
22 Stone Street
Salinas, CA US 93901
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
9:30 AM
Garden of Memories Cemetery
850 Abbott ST
Salinas, CA US 93901
Tuesday, August 13, 2019