Arlene "Pinkey" Frances McNair Russell

Arlene “Pinkey” Frances McNair Russell, 63, a life-long and beloved Beacon resident, passed away on August 18, 2020 at the Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie. Arlene was born in Beacon, NY on March 8, 1957 daughter of the late James & Frances (West) McNair.

Pinkey attended the Beacon City Schools, and graduated from Beacon High School. She went onto the Sullivan Community College, and graduated with an Associate’s Degree in food service and hotel management. Although she loved to bake and cook, she worked in manufacturing at IBM in East Fishkill, in the clean room environment for over 18-years.

Pinkey leaves behind her 3 sisters: Paula McNair, Barbara McNair, Larraine (McNair) Williams, and also her 1 brother John McNair. She is also survived by her 2 step-daughters Jennifer Lopez and Ronda Williams; as well as several nieces, nephews, grandchildren and a host of many friends. Along with her parents, she was predeceased by her younger sister Sharon E. McNair.

Her Family & Friends will gather on Saturday, August 22nd from 2-4pm at the LIBBY FUNERAL HOME, 55 Teller Avenue, Beacon, where a service will be offered and livestreamed for those family who are unable to attend due to the current pandemic restrictions. In light of the recent restrictions and in accordance with N.Y.S Guidelines; social distancing is required, capacity is limited, masks must be worn while gathered at the funeral home. Interment will be private at the discretion of the family. To offer a message of condolence or share a fond memory, please visit:


Visitation: August 22, 2020 2:00 pm - August 22, 2020 4:00 pm

Libby Funeral Home
55 Teller Avenue
Beacon, NY 12508

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  1. Denise Shutter Roycroft says:

    Pinkey, so sad to see you go, but I know you are finally pain free and home with our Lord. You always spread light and positivity where ever you were. Heaven has gained another angel, and I will see you again when I am called home.FLY HIGH WITH THE ANGELS AND REST IN PARADISE🙏💔😢

    • Manny fernandez says:

      The world is at a loss without a person as beautiful as you Pinky. You chose to express your love thoroughly to those you know that have pure hearts and intentions like your own. You have always blown me away with your acceptance and treated me as family. Your outlook on life inspired many including myself. Your strength and Outlook and determination has always been an inspiration to those who can understand the things that you have gone through. God bless you girl, may you find a pain free afterlife and happiness with our father above, and just now so many people love you dearly and will miss you immensely. With all my heart love you, you will be missed. Thank you for being you the special person that you have been to me. Love you girl, rest in peace.

  2. Sabrina Bugg says:

    Deepest Condolences to the McNair and Russell Families

  3. Sonya Bryant says:

    My condolences to the family.Pinky was such a good person.

  4. Coleen says:

    Dear Russell/Mcnair Family and Friends,
    I was truly sorry to hear of Arlene’s passing. She was truly a lovely and funny Lady. My sympathies go out to you.

    Coleen Perry (Advanced Kidney Care)

  5. Shontalea Nimmons says:

    Pinkey you were one of a kind and gave your heart in so many ways. I will forever be grateful to you ALWAYS n forever. You took your Godmother duties very seriously and showed me a lot along the way including making sure I use those coupons. God Bless you for all the lives you have touched including my entire family. I promise you will NEVER be forgotten. Say hello to everyone and thank you ALWAYS for showing me better things in life and to help others out here because you never know who is worse off than another. May you rest in peace Pinkey

  6. Shontalea Nimmons says:

    To the McNair and Russell family. I am sorry for your lost and pray God touches your heart, body, minds, and spirits every day and give you the strength to endure anything that may come your way, or when your missing her, or just a thought, feeling, or emotions. Our family would like to extend our condolences and pray for you all. Have a blessed year and stay safe. Love you All and remember God is a good God even in the midst of the storms.

  7. Jacqueline Monroig says:

    RIP ALWAYS my condolences to the family fly free …xoxoxo

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