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Penny Sue Russell

Penny Sue Russell, 57, Bethany, MO passed away Saturday, October 23, 2021 at a Bethany, MO hospital.

She was born on July 24, 1964 at Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr, Iowa to Howard Kern and Peggy (Thurman) (Kern) Gibson.

Penny attended South Harrison High School and graduated from ICS schooling. She was a baby sitter for many years. After that she was the smiling face you would see early mornings at the McDonald’s. She also worked at the Fargo Assembly Plant until it shut down. She was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary #2534, Bethany, MO.

On December 23, 1985, she married the love of her life, Melvin (Eugene) Russell. He survives of the home.

Penny loved spending time with all of her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Roger Kern; brother-in-law, Charley Ward; niece, Kelsey Kern; nephew, Clinton Kern; father-in-law, Melvin D. Russell; mother-in-law, D. Elaine Russell and many other aunts, uncles, and cousins.

In addition to her husband, Penny is survived by her children, Amanda (Tyson) Martin, Bethany, MO, Tanzy Russell (Jehoshua Thompson) Excelsior Springs, MO, Chance Russell, Bethany, MO; step-children, Vanessa (Shannon) DeVore, Bethany, MO, F. Dean Russell, Trenton, MO; three grandchildren, Kanden and Abbygail DeVore, Kenneth Martin; sister, Barbara Ward, Bethany, MO and Sherrie Kern, Bethany, MO and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, October 29 at Roberson Funeral Home, Bethany, MO. Burial will follow in Miriam Cemetery, Bethany, MO. The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Penny Russell Memorial Fund in care of Roberson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 46, Bethany, MO 64424. Online condolences may be left at

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