Maria Clair Russell

Maria Clair Russell

June 15, 1930 – September 28, 2019

Maria Clair Russell died peacefully on Saturday, September 28th at the age of 89. She was born on June 15, 1930 to Edmund and Esther Russell, the eldest of three children. She was a native Omahan. Preceded in death by husband, Mike Mullen; first husband, David Dean Parrish M.D.; and brother, Edmund Russell. Survived by sons: David, Mark and Todd; daughters: Lise, Valerie and Monique; sister, Anne Debs: 13 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren.

Maria devoted her life to her children and grandchildren, the arts and education. She received a bachelor’s degree from Creighton University and two master’s degrees from Villanova University.  She appeared in performances at the Omaha Community Playhouse and in commercials for Johnny Carson in the 1950s, off-Broadway theater in New York City and for CBS television in Philadelphia as producer for the Gene London Show, and later as Public Relations Director for WCAU having met many notable actors and politicians of the 1960s and 1970s. After her entertainment career, she enjoyed careers in antique sales and real estate before settling into a long career as an English and Theater Arts teacher for several Southern California high schools.

She was loved by her family and many friends and will be missed. Many thanks to the loving staff and care givers at Brighton Gardens and Endless Journey Hospice who treated Maria with such dignity and respect.

VISITATION: Saturday, October 5th from 9am to 10am at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 6116 Dodge St., followed by MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL at 10am.  Interment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.



1 Condolence

  • Janet Haney Posted October 10, 2019 8:50 am

    Dear Todd, It was a pleasure to meet you last evening outside Cutler’s Mortuary…. Your beautiful life will continue with much success in San Francisco because you are kind and caring and had wonderful parents that you have honored in a faith filled way. I have visited San Francisco several times and enjoyed each visit … Father John Schlegel, S.J. – who was President of Sacred Heart Church in San Francisco was from Iowa and came back to Omaha to be President of Creighton University and was a friend of our family. The Jesuits have opened a Retreat Center in Omaha – Cloisters of the Platte – so if you ever want to Google Jesuit to make visitations I’m sure you would enjoy them. May God Bless You and walk with you always. Peace and Joy

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