Patricia Lee (Pat) Russell died in her sleep on August 11th 2019 due to complications following lung cancer, COPD, and pneumonia. She was 81 years old.
Mrs. Russell was born on March 18th 1938 in Hagerstown, MD to her parents Walter and Mary Smith. She finished her GED in 1970 while working full time. She married Thomas Russell on October 27, 1956. Shortly after giving birth to her daughter Sherry, the Russell’s moved to Pasadena where Thomas worked for the Maryland Drydock Shipyard and Patricia worked for the Lever Brothers Corporation. She also co-owned a small business the Golden Brush Ceramic Shop. She retired from Lever Brothers in 1993 after 35 years and dedicated her remaining time to caring for her family while touching the lives of everyone she met.
Mrs. Russell is survived by her brother, Terry Smith of Shallotte, NC; her daughter, Sherry Russell-Cranford; and two grandchildren, Joshua and Sarah Cranford. She is preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Russel, who died on August 12, 2006. They were married 50 years.
My grandmother was the kindest and most caring person I’ve ever met. Her house was always filled with so much love and throughout my whole life it was my favorite place to be. The memory of her love will live on through us all and even though it feels as if there’s a hole in my heart now I know that I can fill it by being the best person I can be and living by her example. – Josh
Mom-Mom taught me everything I know. She taught me how to love, how to make a house a home, and most importantly taught me that family always comes first. Mom-Mom spent all of her time focused on helping others. She was incapable at putting herself first, though at times I wish she would have. I made sure to remind her that she was the most important thing to me. She was a guardian angel to all of us, the solid rock of our family, and the strongest woman I have ever met. I want to dedicate my life to making her proud, carry on her traditions, and take all that she has taught me everywhere I go. – Sarah
Mrs. Russell will be buried next to her husband at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Baltimore, MD following a service at McCully-Polyniak Funeral Home, P.A. 3204 Mountain Road in Pasadena on Monday August 19th, 2019 at 10:30 am. There will be a viewing on August 18th from 3-5 pm and 7-9 pm at McCully-Polyniak Funeral Home, P.A. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, American Lung Association, or the ASPCA.