Obituary: Alta Russell |

Obituary: Alta Russell

Alta Russell, who along with her husband, Bob, never missed a Comstock Cowboy performance, passed away on Sunday, May 27.

Bob sincerely appreciates all the love and support given to Alta and him during this difficult time. You may have seen Alta with her trademark “large sunglasses” sitting in her regular chair next to the stage at the Bucket of Blood. Alta was known for her beautiful clothes, boots, and lots of bling. Alta, and her good friend, Mary Jane, would stand and swing their fox tails when Dave and the boys sang the “Orange Blossom Special”.

Alta and Bob were always welcoming new visitors to the Bucket and to the Cowboys’ family.

This poem, author unknown, is for Alta.


For those who loved me, when I am gone release me,

Let me go, I have so many things to see and do.

You must not tie yourself to me with tears,

Be happy we had so many years.

I gave you my love – You can only guess

How much you gave me happiness.

I thank you for the love you each have shown,

But now it’s time I traveled alone.

So grieve awhile for me, if grieve you must

Then let your grief be comforted by trust.

It’s only awhile that we must part.

So bless the memories that lie within your heart.

I won’t be far away, for life goes on,

So if you need me, call and I will come.

Though you can’t see or touch me, I’ll be near.

And if you listen with your heart, you’ll hear

All my love around you, soft and clear.

And then, when you must come this way alone,

I’ll greet you with a smile and a “Welcome Home”.