Waiuku’s loss of a wonderful talent



Waiuku’s talented artist and performer, Kirsty Faith Russell, who passed away from an illness on September 15 this year, has inspired not only the community she lived in, but also The Hunua and Papakura Theatres. This week, the Hunua Theatre will be putting on one Kirsty’s pantomimes and donating the proceeds to the Franklin Memorial Hospital, whilst the Papakura Theatre will also
be donating to the Cancer Foundation on behalf of Kirsty. She was well known for her involvement with the local theatre group, after joining them at the age of 14, enjoying it so much that she continued to participate well into her adult years. She wrote, directed, choreographed, acted, was a set designer, and created costumes, while enjoying every aspect of theatre life. Born to perform, Kirsty was also an accomplished singer. No matter what her role, she immersed herself completely into the task at hand, giving it her all. Her interest in art was always evident, but after developing breast cancer two years ago, her passion for painting mandalas began to grow.
Her beautiful creations now grace the walls in many countries, including hospitals, commercial buildings, restaurants, private homes and art galleries. She also worked as a teacher aid for a period, and was employed at the Waiuku Library. It was evident by the number attending her funeral, that she was loved and highly respected by so many people whose lives she touched. She is survived by her three sons, Tom, Josef and Peter.

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