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Bessie Dell Wilson


Bessie Dell Wilson, 96, of Belle Center, passed away Thursday evening, July 18, 2013, at Hardin Hills Health Center, Kenton.

She was born in Paxton, Ill., on Sept. 6, 1916, to the late Samuel M. and Ethel Mae White Strong, and moved to Ohio at the age of three.

On May 15, 1934, she married Paul A. Wilson in Huntsville and he preceded her in death May 2, 1996. She also was preceded in death by two brothers; and great-granddaughter, Melody Jane Wilson; and a great-great-grandchild.

Survivors include a daughter, Ruth Ann Wilson of Kenton; two sons, Richard Wilson of Huntsville and James Wilson of Reidsville, N.C.; seven grandchildren, Dennis Bradley, David Bradley, Deborah Redding, Halley Wilson, Rebecca Wilson, James Wilson and John Wilson; numerous great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.

A 1934 graduate of Belle Center High School, Bessie was a member of the Lawrence Valley Grange for more than 50 years. She also was a member of Belle Center United Methodist Church and was a volunteer for the Hardin Memorial Hospital Sewing Guild.

Bessie enjoyed baking, crocheting, crafts, gardening and attending the Morning Circle meetings.

Pastor Kevin Smith officiates a funeral at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home, Belle Center, where visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday. Burial is in Fairview Cemetery, Belle Center.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hardin County Hospice, 15 N. Detroit St., Kenton 43326.

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