Barbara was one of the founding members, and was instrumental in the conception and design of the Western Kentucky Botanical Garden. She volunteered at the Western Kentucky Botantical Garden from 1993-2021 for a total of 28 years. She was on the design committee and board there for years, and received a volunteer plaque for 20 years of volunteer work in 2013.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a great-grandchild, Evalyn Grace Russ.
Barbara is survived by her husband of 57 years, Wayne T. Russ; daughter, Angela Russ; son, Shawn Russ; grandchildren, Sydney (Ellis) Krawiec, Spencer Russ, Brooke Ellis, Alexis (Russ) Ender, Madison Ellis, and Brayden Russ; great-grandchildren, Jackson Russ Ellis and Orry Russ; and one brother, Robert E. Cecil, Jr.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Tuesday in the chapel at James H. Davis Funeral Home & Crematory. Burial will follow in Rosehill Cemetery. Visitation is from 2 to 8 p.m. on Monday and after 9 a.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home.
To say she loved gardening was an understatement. It seemed her time on earth was a mission of sharing her innate, inborn, divinely-God-given talent of horticulture of most all plants whether it was vegetables, flowers, herbs, shrubs, or just any plant and weed.