March 17, 1935 ~ March 15, 2012
Barbara Lackey Russell, 76, of California, died Thursday, March 15, 2012.
Barbara was born in Statesville, NC, on March 17, 1935 to John Roy Sr. and Mildred Sherrill Lackey. She married Robert Eugene Russell in February 1951 and lived in southern California while raising her family. Barbara and her husband, Robert, returned to their home state in 1972. Barbara retired from Sears in 2000 where she had been employed for many years. Barbara served in her church, teaching the young children in Primary, Sunday school and in the women's organization known as Relief Society. Barbara loved her grandchildren very much and was devoted to her family and church service.
Barbara's family honors her for her devotion to family, service and compassion for all whom she was associated. Her life is a great example to all who love her.
She is survived by her two daughters - Patricia Russell Gage of Rancho Santa Margarita, California and Shelley Russell Emery of Spanish Fork, Utah, sons-in-law, Chad Gage and Russell Emery, two brothers, E. A. Lackey and Tom Lackey of Weaverville, NC, and five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Her beloved husband, Robert Eugene Russell, her parents John Roy Lackey Sr. and Mildred Sherrill Lackey and two brothers Frank Lackey and John Lackey Jr. preceded her in death.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 23, 2012, in the Patton Ave. chapel of Groce Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Lewis Memorial Park.
Her family will receive friends 30 minutes prior to the service.
Dear Family, Your in our thoughts and prayers. May God Bless you all and keep you safe during the days ahead. Sam & Diane Morgan
Just want to send condolences to the family of Barbara. I worked with her @Sears from 1993 until she retired. She was always a joy to be around and a pleasure to work with. After she retired I lost touch with her ..but she touched my life while I worked with her. May God comfort you with fond and happy memories.
Patricia & Shelley,
I am very sorry for your loss. As one of Barbara’s first cousins, my memories of your mother’s visits to our home are very special to me. I am soryy that I am unable to attend the service but will keep you and your families in my thoughts and prayers.
Dear Shelley and Patricia,
I love your mom. She loved me through a really tough time in my life, and was always there when I needed her to be. I credit her for loving me back to church. She never came to my home empty-handed, and my children will never forget her for that. Sister Russell’s cookies were the best!
I’m sorry to miss the service, but a sick grandchild needs me today. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
E.A., Sending our condolences to you and your family. We are thinking of you and keeping you in our prayers. What a wonderful legacy of Love, and Respect that Barbara has given through out her life. God Bless you all. Rita & Family
I worked with Barbara for many years and we enjoyed our Coffee Breaks together.
She was a very kind person and will be missed. My condolences to her family.