Brandy Lynne “Bernie” Atkins, age 48, of Russell Springs

Brandy Lynne “Bernie” Atkins, of Russell Springs, passed from this life Tuesday, April 23, 2024, at the Jean Waddle Hospice Care Center, in Somerset.  She was 48 years of age.

Brandy was born Wednesday, September 24, 1975, in Somerset, daughter of Randall and Lynne Hines Polston.  Along with being a registered nurse, Brandy had earned other titles, such as “Chaos Coordinator” at the Old Homeplace and as the “free therapist”, always being willing to give advice, bend her ear or lend a shoulder to a friend or coworker in need.

She was fondly known as ‘Momma Brandy” to her biological children and to many children she “adopted” along the way.  Brandy loved being around the water in the summer and taking big adventures with the kids.  She was a shopaholic and loved her Mountain Dews and breakfast burritos (with salsa!).

She is survived by her daughters, Samantha Davidson (and Jacob Jasper), and Ashley Burton (and Jared Veatch), both of Russell Springs; her mother, Lynne Polston, of Eli; her long-time companion and the love of her life, Thomas Burton, of Russell Springs; her sister, Wendy Polston (and Robert Hall), of Russell Springs; her grandchildren, Luna, Gunner, Jackson, and Kiedis; her nieces, Natasha (and Slade) Baughman and Angelina Hall; her nephew, Nicholas (and Samantha) Lawless; her friends, co-workers and many “adopted” kids; and her dachshund, “Clark”.

Brandy is preceded in death by her father, Randall Polston; and her special dog, “Joe”.

Funeral services are 4:00 p.m., Saturday, April 27, 2024, at Bernard Funeral Home, with Bro. Dustin McGowan officiating.

Visitation will be held after 1:00 p.m., Saturday, until time of funeral services.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made at Bernard Funeral Home to help offset funeral expenses.

Arrangements for Brandy Lynne “Bernie” Atkins are entrusted to Bernard Funeral Home.  An online guestbook is available at

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