Meghan N. Russell

Our beloved Meghan Nicole Russell passed away on July 15, 2017. Meghan was a bright star that shined on the many lives she touched. Kind, caring, compassionate and thoughtful are just a few words to describe our special child. Meghan’s infectious smile brought joy to all around her. She encouraged others through hard times; she was always willing to listen and genuinely cared. Meghan was an inspiration, joy and source of light which was shown through her sparkling blue eyes and contagious laugh.

Meghan was an active participant in both softball and cheerleading. She loved being part of a team. She enjoyed being in the Best Buddies program and volunteering at a local nursing home. Meghan had a gift for relating to those suffering from dementia and alzheimer’s. Meghan loved shopping, hanging out with her friends, hiking and kayaking. Spending time with family was one of the most important parts of Meghan’s day. She loved to pop-in and say hello to her grandma, YiaYia or Aunt Lisa. Meghan also loved doing her hair, make-up and nails.

Meghan is survived by her loving parents, James and Kimberly Russell; her sister, Julia; grandparents Robert and Florence Kussius, Joan and Gordon Russell, David Trayhan; aunts and uncles Brian and Lisa Russell, Gordon and Linda Russell, Donna Russell, David and Joanne Trayhan, Chris and Margaret Trayhan; cousins Tyler Russell, Brandon Russell, Devin Russell, Courtney Trayhan, Hannah Trayhan, and Jessica Trayhan; numerous special family and friends, and her beloved animals.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, July 20 from 4pm to 7pm at Christ Episcopal Church, 15 West High Street, Ballston Spa. A celebration of Meghan’s life will follow at 7pm.

Memorial contributions in memory of Meghan may be made to Donate Life America, 701 East Byrd Street, 16th Floor, Richmond, VA 23219 or Saratoga County Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Meghan will be missed dearly by all who knew her. However, she will live on through the eternal love of her family and friends

Guest Book

Bill Canty - Ballston Spa

Jim - I am very sorry for your loss. I'm sending thoughts and prayers for you and your family.

James Savage Sr

I did not know you, but our love and wishes go with you and your family. I say a prayer every morning that for those loved ones, or even friends that have lost the battle. May God have a place in Heaven for them. Amen

Kristen (Micare) & Jim Williams

Kim, Jim & family,

Our heartfelt condolences to you and your family on your unimaginable loss. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers

Barbara York, CPTC, CDT

I couldn't attend the service, God blessed me in to usefulness. If he hadn't called for me, I would have been there. But I have been thinking of Meghan, you and your family since we met. May her gifts bring you a glimmer of light in wonderous ways that you never expected as you move forward one day at a time. Thank you, Meghan. Thank you Kim & Jim for choosing to make the hardest decisions easy because that's the kind of person Meghan was... and being committed to this gift because you knew Meghan felt it was the right thing to do. Call it God, call it a voice, call it a miracle. She is a HERO. Hugs.

Sue Bernd

My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Meghan was an angel, a sweet and lovely soul. May she rest peacefully.


Rest easy ♡
My heart goes out to the her family and friends. I hope they find the strength to get through this. -

Taylor Hoffman

I'm sorry Russell family for your loss. She was the most beautiful girl with the biggest smile and heart. Meeting her at the hospital brightened my life. She will be missed, fight on.

Ian Graham

I am very sorry about your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
RIP Meghan, forever will be missed.

Patti Gallo

Kim, Jim and Julia, my heart is deeply saddened by your loss of your beautiful Meghan. I will forever remember her as a beautiful, smiling, wonderful young lady. I am praying for your family to find some peace at this most difficult time. Much love to you all. ❤️

Kaylee Mackey

I will miss you Meg and I Love You

Cindy Plante

RIP Meghan. You will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with The Russell family.

Cindy Plante

The Maynard Family

We are so very sorry for your loss. We will always remember Meghan’s beautiful smile. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time.

Sahibzada Azeem

Words cannot fulfill the loss of the heart But, our prayers are with you at this time of grief. Sorry to hear this news! Please stay strong.

Colleen Leclair

My heart is broken hearing the news about Meghan. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. Love each other and be strong for each other. Embrace your memories today and always ...

Eileen & Richard Gundlach

Our condolences to the Russell family. So, so sorry for your loss

The Wells Family

So sorry for your loss. She was a real joy to coach. She will be missed.

Nikia Compton

My heart hurts for you Kim, Jim, Julia, Flo, Dad, family and friends. Meghan was a very beautiful girl! I pray that God just wraps his ever loving arms around you. I pray That someday With God's love, you may have some peace and closure. The Meghan I knew was so bright and cheerful, beautiful smile, caring loving! I know she may not be here on earth with you, but I know she will shine down from heaven! I am so sad that she is gone. I know no words could ever make the pain and emptiness away. I believe that God will be there to guide you and love you! My deepest condolences to you all. Your in my prayers and in my heart. I love you all.
L❤️VE Nikia Compton and family

The Lawrence Family

Our deepest condolences and love to your family. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

Vanessa Gillick

I am so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. With deepest sympathy, Vanessa

Timothy & Victoria Bellavita

We are so sorry for your loss. We lost our niece Back in December also at a young age. Our prayers go out to you and your family. May you have some happiness in knowing that she's with god.

Patricia Johnson

Jim and Kim
Bob and I are sorry for your loss. Meghan was a beautiful young lady. God and his Angels will hold you all in there loving arms to help you with your sorrow. Prayers are sent your way. Gods speed to you and the family.

Robert and Patricia Johnson

Dave Herbert

Kim, Jim, and family,
My most sincere condolences to you and your entire family. May your many pleasant memories offer you some comfort. Take care, Dave

Timothy Moseman and family

Rip Meghan, you will be missed.

The Slater family

We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers and hearts are with you.

The Blanco Family

Our most sincere condolences go out to Meghan's entire family. She was always a pleasure to have around and we will cherish every memory with her, most notably her kindness, smile and contagious laugh! As one of Morgan's very best friends and friend and cheer squad mate of Taylor's, they shared so many good times with her and deeply miss her already. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all!

Gerry and Luigi Chiarello

Our deepest sympathy to you and your family

Tonio Grant

Kim, I am so sorry for you and your family's loss. Please know that I am here for you in this extremely difficult time and let me know if you need ANYTHING!

Taylor White

I will love you forever Meghan. You always knew how to make me smile and I'll never forget your beautiful soul. Being on so many sports teams with you throughout my life was a blessing. My condolences are with your family.

Mary Sobon and Ridge Koebbeman

This is heartbreaking and saddening news, our condolences to you. The obit was beautifully written. Thinking of you Jim and Kim!

Darcy Jaeger-Brand

Kim, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Love, Darcy

Mike and Kathleen Yates

We were so happy to have run into Meghan recently, after not seeing her for many years. We shared a hug and catch up conversation- I will always treasure this memory. We are so deeply saddened by her passing and offer our sincere condolences, and will keep you all in our prayers.

Jennifer (Chiarello ) Bonilla

I am very sorry for your family's loss

Aunt Gloria, Laurie, Lou & Cindy

We extend to you our deepest sympathy in the passing of Meghan.
May God be with all of you in the coming days and give your family peace and comfort.

Spiegel Family

Hearing this news was completely heartbreaking. We are praying for you and are thinking of you all. ❤️

Whitney Closson

Sending love to all those who love Meghan. I had the pleasure of knowing her and will always think of her with a smile on my face.

Rachel Jeffers

I'm so very sorry and heartbroken for your loss, Kim, and family ... I carry you in my heart and pray that you will find peace. Know that you are loved ... My deepest sympathy, Rachel

Kristine Brennan

There just are NO words to express the sadness we feel for you all. We will cherish the memories we have and hold them within our hearts forever. Much Love ............ Kristine, Meghan and Gigi

Lynnette,Mark, Chris, and Brandon Stedry

Thoughts and prayers with the whole entire family at this difficult time.

Stacey Walz

I'm so sorry for your loss. I keep praying for your family during this difficult time. Meghan was blessed to have such a wonderful, caring family.

The Carroll Family

May you be blessed with strength and peace during this difficult time. Know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of many who have fond memories. Your shining star will be watching over you always.

The Kelley Family

Our deepest and most sincere condolences to Meghan's family, friends and all who were lucky enough to be touched by her. Though words can hardly express the loss of one so dear, our family is so thankful for the role she played in our own daughter Lauren's life at school, at work and at play. Thank you for sharing her with our family.

With profound sympathy,
Thom, Lydia, Ashleigh, Lauren and Michael Kelley

Rebecca and Tori Kemp

We are truly sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this hard time.

Sandy & Jeff (coach) Burgess

We are so incredibly sorry for your loss. Meghan was a wonderful girl, and we are truly blessed to have had the honor to know her. Your family is in our hearts, thoughts and prayers.

The Olszewski Family

We are so sorry for the loss of your beautiful daughter. We will miss Meghan at the football games and cheer competitions this year. Our prayers are with your entire family during this most difficult time.
Noelle, Susan and Peter

Anita Tompson Pedersen

Jim and family, my heart is breaking for all of you on the loss of your beautiful Meghan. You are all in my thoughts & prayers during this difficult time.