russellpamela_webARLINGTON — Pamela Sue Russell, 63, of Arlington, Ohio went home to our Lord on December 16, 2016. She was born April 18, 1953, to William “Bill” and Thelma (Mercer) Businger. She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Rodney; three children: Mark (Lori) Russell, Jon (Kris) Russell both of Arlington, and Amy (D.J.) White of Rock Hill, SC. She was a proud grandmother to Ashley, Nathan, Madison, Alexandria, Jacob and Caden Russell, and Zander and Mia White. Her mother, Thelma Businger, and a sister, Terri Metzger, survive. Pam also enjoyed her numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Bill Businger, brother-in-law, Terry Metzger, and grandson, Joshua Russell.
When Pam wasn’t attending to the needs of her family she worked at Reddick’s Garage, B&G Pharmacy, Arlington Pharmacy, and Schwieterman’s Drug Store in New Bremen. Later in life, she spent much of her time volunteering at Bluffton and Findlay Hospitals and Good Hope Lutheran Church Food Pantry, which she helped start. She was a lifelong member of Good Hope Lutheran Church in Arlington where she was a member of the Altar Committee and Parish Ed Board, helped with Vacation Bible School and Tuesday Bible School, and volunteered in many other ways. Music was a big part of her life. In her early years she could be found playing the piano and spent many years singing in the church choir, Choralaires, family quartet, and other quartets. Her real passion in life was her family. She was a loving, caring, supporting wife, mother, and grandmother. She rarely missed a sporting event or program for her kids and grandkids. She supported Rod’s career and spent countless hours attending events at the schools where he worked.
She always put her family ahead of herself. She particularly loved Christmastime and worked hard to get the family together as much as possible during the holidays. She was a gracious gift-giver and found great joy in giving to others. During the last few months of her life, she was particularly amazed by the services provided by Cancer Patient Services, and later Bridge Home Health and Hospice.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at Good Hope Lutheran Church at 11:00 a.m. with visitation at 10:00 a.m. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 from 2:00 — 8:00 p.m. at CRATES FUNERAL HOME, Arlington. Memorials can be given to Cancer Patient Services or Hancock County or Good Hope Lutheran Church Memorial Fund. Condolences can be sent via