“I love angels and I was just in Rome last month in November and I just enjoyed the basilicas and other places we toured with paintings and statues of little chubby angels,” she said. “Personally, I feel like I have two angels, my son and my husband, so feel like I was looked after.”
She doesn't know when she will start repairs to her roof, bedroom and the outside of her home. She plans to go ahead and spend Christmas with family in Colorado, something she was looking forward to before the storm.
In the meantime, she is counting her blessing that she wasn't harmed.
“I am so thankful to God,” she said.
As passersby stopped to check out the massive trees that smashed into the house and crushed a neighbor's SUV, the Russell family quietly salvaged what they could and marveled that she wasn't hurt.
“She was actually woken up by the sirens and didn't know what happened until the fireman escorted her outside,” daughter-in-law Phyllis Russell said.
“We are just so thankful that she is OK. She is a strong woman and she is definitely a role model.”