Marie Badgley, age 97, of Russell Springs

Marie Badgley, of Russell Springs, passed away Tuesday, May 16, 2023, at her granddaughter’s home.  She was 97 years of age.

Marie was born February 5, 1926, in Russell County, daughter of the late Larkin and Cora George Popplewell.  Marie’s mother raised eight children on her own.  The three Popplewell girls learned to cook at an early age.  Marie would share her love of cooking through the years with her own family and any guests that she would hostess.  It didn’t matter what time company arrived, there would be a meal waiting.

Marie was a hard worker.  Even into her nineties, she could work circles around her grandchildren.  At 95, she was still mowing and weed eating her own yard.  Marie loved getting out and going to town.  She was known to be the kindest person you’d ever meet.  Marie was said to have no filter, but could still be sweet.

Marie was a long time member of the Main Street Church of God in Russell Springs.

She is survived by her son, Gary Badgley, of Russell Springs; her grandchildren, Gary (and Angie) Badgley, Jr., Tracy Lynn Harmon, and Troy Don Badgley, all of Shelbyville, Indiana, Megan (and Henry) Messer, of Russell Springs, and Katherine (and Zechary) Messer, of Eli; and her great grandchildren, Henryetta Messer, Jaclynn Messer, Henry Messer, Jr., Sophia Messer, Wyatt Badgley, Darian Trumpey, Christopher Conover and Damon Badgley.

Along with her parents, Marie is preceded in death by her daughter-in-law, Lynn Badgley; her sisters, Faye Stephens and Zelma Morton; and her brothers, Londo Popplewell, Glendo Popplewell, Herbert Popplewell, Curtis Popplewell and Donald Popplewell.

Funeral services are 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 20, 2023, at Bernard Funeral Home, with Bro. Scott Allen officiating.  Interment will follow in Russell Springs City Cemetery.

Visitation will be held after 10:00 a.m., Saturday, at Bernard Funeral Home, until time for services.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hosparus Health in memory of Marie.

Arrangements for Ms. Marie Badgley have been entrusted to Bernard Funeral Home.  An online guestbook is available at

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