Anna Russell
1965 - 2020
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Anna Russell

Knoxville - Anna Marie Pettit Russell, born February 26, 1965 in Knoxville, went to join her father in Heaven with her family by her side on November 20, 2020. Born and raised in Knoxville, Anna lived in Fountain City attending Shannondale Elementary, Gresham Middle, and Central High School. She began her dental career in 1983 after finishing high school with Dr. Reuben Robinson, earning her Associate Dental Degree along the way. After graduating Dental Hygiene school at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, she joined Dr. Robert Pasco from 1991 until 1997. She then joined the team of Dr. James Madigan in 1997 and transitioned to Dr. Michael Madigan in 2013. Anna was a member of Central Baptist Church in Fountain City.

Anna was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Victor F. & Anne Pettit; maternal grandparents, Steve & Mary Torie; father, Victor E. Pettit and uncle Phil Pettit. She is survived by her husband, Mike; children, Alex & Baylor; mother, Carol Pettit; brother, Steven Pettit; sister, Pam (Benny) Gray; aunt, Connie Griffith; uncle, Thomas (Barry) Pettit; nephew, Ben (Kelli) Booker; niece, Brittany (Tyler) Shope; cousins, Daniel (Stephanie) Pettit and Kari-Anne (Scott) Hamblin & grandniece Ella Kate Booker.

Anna's hobbies included cooking, music, date nights with Mike, going to the lake or beach and traveling (anywhere warm)! She also loved her girl trips, horses, and spending time with friends & family as well as her dogs, Bella & Bubba.

Anna's passions included any opportunity to spend with her children Alex & Baylor, serving her patients throughout the years in her hygiene profession, and being a second mom to so many kids that she was blessed to know through family & friends.

The family would like to thank her oncologist Dr. Wahid Hanna & his staff at the UT Cancer Institute, Dr. Keith Gray at the University of Tennessee Hospital & it's staff, her work family at Madigan Periodontics, and the countless number of friends, neighbors, church, and family for their prayers and support.

Anna has requested to be cremated. Due to current conditions, a private ceremony will take place with the family, and a celebration of her life will be announced at a later time.

Given Anna's love of children, and her passion to fight cancer, in lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or East Tennessee Children's Hospital.

Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel is honored to serve the Russell family and invites you to view and sign the online registry at

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Published in Knoxville News Sentinel from Nov. 21 to Nov. 24, 2020.
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November 28, 2020
Anna was an absolutely delightful soul.
She had the most gracious heart, an incredibly positive outlook on life, and her laughter was contagious! She seriously lit up every room she entered.
My sincere condolences go out to Mike, Alex, and Baylor. As well as to all her family and friends.
Becca Durfee
November 27, 2020
Dear Carol and family,
Karen just told me about Anna’s passing. We are saddened and so sorry for your loss. It’s obvious Anna gave it her all to have battled for so long. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Debbie and Ellis
Debbie Pullins
November 26, 2020
Anna, was my hygienist and she was so loving a kind. Laughter was a part of every visit with her. She always talked about " her guys" She was a very proud mom.
It saddens my heart to read of her passing. It also gives me a greater joy in knowing that she had a relationship with God. We shared a lot of conversation about family. Blessed to know her.
Blessings to the family.
Kathy A. Ellis

Kathy Ellis
November 24, 2020
Sincere condolences for Anna's family and friends. Anna was my hygienist for many years and during this time she shared her beautiful and warm personality, always with her quick wit and contagious smile. She truly cared for her patients; and I considered her a friend. She will me missed by many. Prayers for God's healing during this sad time.
Gwenda Childress
November 24, 2020
May the love of friends and family carry you through. We will never forget her high energy and smiling face.
Tommy & Tammy Lakins
November 23, 2020
I will miss her beautiful smile, infectious laugh, positive outlook, and seeing her out with the dogs in the neighborhood. She was a bright light that will be missed greatly by many. Your family will be in my prayers as you travel this difficult road, may the many special memories you've made keep her with you always!

Karen Clapp
Karen Clapp
November 23, 2020
So sorry to learn of Anna's passing. I know this is a very difficult time for your family. Please know that you have friends praying for you during this time.
Ed Cox
November 22, 2020
I am going to miss that sweet smile and all the talks and laughs we shared. I love you Anna and know you are whole again. As I promised, I will look after your two precious boys. ❤
Pam Gray
November 21, 2020
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
November 21, 2020
You are in my thoughts and prayers during this time of loss and grief.
John Garrison
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