Born Feb. 11, 1912, at Bloomfield, Mo., a daughter of the late William Henry and Melissa Elizabeth "Lizzie" Rose Huggins, she was a homemaker and receptionist, a member of the Eastern Star, Malden Business Professional Women's Club and the United Methodist Church at Malden.
On June 28, 1930, at Bloomfield, she married Joseph Kermit Bess who preceded her in death Jan. 26, 1966. She was also preceded in death by two brothers and an infant son.
Survivors include one daughter, Jo Nell Wilson and husband, William, of Canton, Miss.; one son, Dr. Ray Bess and wife, Jean, of Malden; five grandchildren, Kae Patterson of Canton, Karen Rossie of Ridgeland, Miss., Steve Ray Wilson of Madison, Miss., Laura McDonald of Sugar Land, Texas and Nicole Bess of St. Louis; seven great-grandchldren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today, Sunday, Dec. 18, at the Landess Funeral Home of Malden.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 19, at the Landess Chapel with the Rev. Stan Wood officiating.
Burial will be in the Bloomfield Cemetery at Bloomfield.