Helen Bull Russell, age 80, of Glasgow, KY, passed away Sunday, March 8, 2020. Helen was born in Cumberland County KY and was the daughter of the late Johnny Clay Bull and the late Orthie (Brown) Bull. She moved to Barren County at the age of 6 and was raised and lived the rest of her life there. Mrs. Russell was a well known educator devoting her career to the Barren County School System. She began teaching in 1971 at Red Cross Elementary, transitioning two years later to the new Barren County High School. Helen then spent the next 40 years serving the High School and Barren County Middle School. She loved the students, teachers and administrators and devoted her professional life to inspiring and encouraging them. Helen loved her family and the Lord. She was a member of the South Green St. Church of Christ where she also taught, inspired and encouraged. In addition to her parents, Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Glennon Russell, one sister, Marcia Rigney, and one great-nephew. She is survived by two sons, Rick Russell (Lisa) - Glasgow, Eddie Russell (Carla) - Glasgow; 3 grandchildren, Emily Dugard - Glasgow, Adam Russell (Raven) - Glasgow, Aaron Russell - Lexington; and 2 great-grandchildren, Jamison Dugard - Glasgow, and Aubrey Russell - Glasgow. She is also survived by two sisters, Runelle (Earl) Jackson and Betty (Mark) Green both of Glasgow, one sister-in-law, Sharon (Larry) Coop of Bowling Green, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 11 AM, Saturday, March 14th at the Barren County High School Auditorium (507 Trojan Trail, Glasgow) with burial to follow at the Glasgow Municipal Cemetery. Visitation, also at the auditorium, will be Friday from 11 AM to 8 PM and on Saturday from 8 AM until time for the service. Alternate expressions of sympathy can be made with donations to the Helen Russell Future Educator Scholarship and/or the Barren County Reads and Feeds program at the Barren County Board of Education, 202 West Washington St. Glasgow KY 42141, 270-651-3787.

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  1. Helen was such a sweet, wonderful person that influenced so many lives in her lifetime. So many good memories of her and her kindness. Rita says she was her favorite teacher. I wish I had her for a teacher myself. She will be missed. – Bill & Rita Ander

    • My dear friend for over 60 years Ricky we had so many fun times together didn’t we? Helen went back to college at my mother’s encouragement whe she was her library aid. And the rest is history. She became a wonderful, highly respected educator. I wi

    • Mrs. Russell was such a wonderful wonderful teacher!!!!! She will be missed tremendously… I am so thankful that I was able to talk to her recently when she was FB. I will cherish those converstions forever…

  2. Words cannot express just how valuable Mrs. Russell was in the field of education. She made every student feel they were able to succeed and be anything they wanted to be. She was genuine and compassionate. All students felt love in her class. She will b

  3. Helen was my KY History teacher when i went back to college when my husband died. She was always so kind. I was so eager to answer but was so wrong a lot of the time! She Would always say, “Not quite,”which was such a graceful way of saying ,that

  4. I first met Helen at Parent-Teacher conference. From that point (1980s) until present day, I called her friend and looked forward to talking to her whenever and wherever we met. She was special!! My prayers with her family.

  5. A model for teachers. People like Helen come into our lives very seldom. Just been thinking I need to strive more earnestly to leave such a positive legacy. I will miss her greatly.

    Linda Settle

  6. Mrs. Russell will truly be missed. She was my Christian example, my Psychology and Advanced American History teacher, my encouragement, my inspiration and my friend. I will miss her genuine spirit, her hugs and her concern for others above herself. Sh

  7. A beautiful lady inside and out. Helen left her mark on every person that was fortunate enough to have been in her presence. We all are blessed to have shared this journey with this wonderful soul.

  8. Helen & I were friends in high school at Austin Tracy. She was a remarkable person then. She will be missed greatly. May God bless & comfort each of you.

  9. One of my favorite teachers. Love and prayers for your family. I know you will be greatly missed. Tina W.

  10. Such an outstanding professional and person. Helen always had a smile, pleasant words, a mentor to so many and an inspiration to us all.
    She will be missed by all who knew her.

  11. Mrs. Russell was one of the greatest educators that I have ever had. She made the days at BCHS some of the best days. My sincere condolences to her family.

  12. Eddie, Carla, and family: We are so sorry to hear of Helen’s passing!! Please know our love, thoughts, and prayers are with you! Joey, Cindy, Dylan and Grayson

  13. My memories of Helen go way back to our days at Austin Tracy. She was a sweet friend
    then and I’m sure she was a great teacher. Prayers to the family.

  14. Such a wonderful person and friend. She will be truly missed. Keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

  15. I thought a lot of Helen, she was always so sweet to the family. I called Darrell to let him know. Even though I am not realted to the family myself, I always thought of the Russels as part of my family. She will be missed.

  16. Wonderful lady. I never had her in class I just got to know her through my friends and as a student teacher under Ms Button. She always made me feel welcome and like I was one of her students. Great role model for many teachers. May God bless her family a

  17. Wonderful teacher, she’s the reason I got a psychology degree and one of the reasons I went into teaching! I always remember she gave all her senior students a Susan B. Anthony dollar for graduation. A great person I’m so glad I was her student. Condol

  18. Mrs. Russell was such a special lady! She always had a smile, a kind word, and a hug! I will miss our friendly encounters in town! What a treasure she has been to Barren County Schools!

  19. No greater teacher than Mrs. Russell has ever walked the halls of BCHS. I was very privileged to have her as my mentor, colleague and friend.
    Joanna James Harvey

  20. Helen Russell was the finest educator that I ever had through over 20 years of formal education. She taught me to love learning which I think is the highest calling for a teacher. Mrs. Russell was a fabulous role model as a woman, Christian and a human

  21. Ms. Helen was the first teacher I ever had that truly understood my handicap of being deaf, yet she never made me feel any different because of it. she went out of her way to make sure I understood what was going on. I realize now, how difficult that must

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