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Peggy Russell

October 27, 1934 — August 10, 2023

Mrs. Peggy Ann Thompson Russell, age 88, passed away on Thursday, August 10, 2023 at the Community Hospice Jane and Bill Warner Center for Caring in Fernandina Beach, FL.

Born on October 27, 1934 in Paducah, KY to the late Horace Francis and Maude Elizabeth Barger Thompson. She grew up in Paducah and graduated from Augusta Tilghman High School in 1952. She married the love of her life, William Robert Russell, Sr. on December 27, 1953. Married over 38 years until Bill’s death in early 1992, they raised four children who knew them as hard working, kind, loving parents who expected them to become the best they could be at their individual goals. Peggy’s family was the greatest love of her life.

In addition to being a partner in her husband’s service station business as the office manager and bookkeeper, she also managed the needs of the household and children. She supported her children in PTA, band and church activities. She was an excellent cook. She won awards for her needlepoint pieces. She also won Employee of the Year in 1995 and 1996 at the All for One store in the KY Oaks Mall.

Peggy was an active member of the Immanual Baptist Church. She and her husband were very involved in the Lone Oak Lion’s Club in McCracken County as well. Peggy relocated to Louisville, KY in 2005 to be near her daughter Judy and her children. While there she attended the Broadway Baptist Church on Brownsboro Road. She moved to FL in 2015 to live with daughter Vickie and son in law Don. She attended activities and the Adult Day Program at the Nassau County Council on Aging until moving to Savannah Grand Assisted Living Facility in 2021.

Peggy is predeceased by her husband, Bill; a son, John Matthew Russell; her parents, Horace Thompson and Maude Thompson and five siblings: Tommy Thompson, Shirley Kirk, Lydia Filbeck, Dorothy Newsome and Randy Thompson.

Peggy leaves behind her children: Vickie Maley (Don) in Fernandina Beach, FL; William (Bill) Russell, Jr. (Sandy) in Chattanooga, TN; and Judy Russell in Louisville, KY; her three grandchildren: Elizabeth Russell in Nashville, TN; and Alison Gray and Sam Gray in Louisville, KY; sisters-in-law, Peggy Dean and Patsy Thompson and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be at Lindsey’s Funeral Home on Thursday, August 24, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. The family will receive friends and family from 11:00 a.m. until the hour of service.

She will be laid to rest alongside her husband and son at Woodlawn Cemetery directly following the service.

Donations may be made in her memory to Immanual Baptist Church in Paducah.

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Thursday, August 24, 2023

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Thursday, August 24, 2023

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