Pamela Kay Russell, age 71, of Cambridge City, passed away on October 19, 2022, at Rosebud Village in Richmond.  Pam was born on October 31, 1950, in Connersville, the daughter of the late Charles M. Baker, Jr. and Julia Jeanette Lakes Baker Brown.

Pam was united in marriage in 1984 to Ronald L. Russell.  They spent 23 years together prior to his death.

She was a very spiritual person.  Pam had attended several area churches throughout her life.  She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, and an activist for women’s rights.  She was instrumental in starting the Fayette County Planned Parenthood.  Pam had a huge love of animals.  She volunteered at the local shelters in any capacity that was needed.

Pam worked at Ford Motor Company and was the Head Bartender at the Holiday Inn in Connersville for several years.  Her passion for caring for others lead her to become an LPN.  She loved all her residents that she took care of at what is now Caroleton Manor in Connersville.

Those that she has left behind to love and cherish her memories include her son Thomas Keith (Kerri) French and granddaughter Breanna French; Cindi Darcy Neukam, who she thought of as her daughter and grandchildren, Chase Neukam and fiancé Kinsey Zinn, Chloe Neukam, and Claire Neukam; a nephew, Ryan (Brittany) Wells and their children, Madalynn, Kylie, and Lane; a brother Randy (Vivian) Brown and their children, Chad and Russell; and her very special friend of over 50 years whom she thought of more as a sister, Mary Mehring.  She will be thought of often by stepchildren Christopher Russell, Melissa Hanlon and Veronica Dent and step-grandchildren, Stephanie, Samantha, Michael, Gabrielle and Morgan.

Besides her parents and husband, she is preceded in death by a sister, Connie Jo Baker Wells; a brother, Rick Brown; and her stepfather, Joe Brown.

Friends may visit with the family on Wednesday October 26, 2022, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at Urban Winkler Funeral Home, 513 W 8th Street, Connersville.  Funeral services will be conducted at 6:00 pm.  Respecting Pam’s wishes, cremation was chosen.

Memorial contributions in honor of Pam may be made at the funeral home to HELP the Animals or the Animal Care Alliance in Richmond or to the animal shelter of your choice.