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Bessie B. WILLIS

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Bessie B. WILLIS

Posted: 28 Mar 2007 11:56PM GMT
Classification: Obituary
Surnames: WILLIS, PIERCE, GEREN, BAKHUYZEN, BAKHUYZEN, GARDNER, MACKEY, SMITH, RUSTENHOLTZ, MCINTYRE, HIEMSTRA
Mrs. Bessie B. WILLIS - 948 9th Street, Plainwell, died Tuesday morning, October 8, 1996 at her home. Mrs. WILLIS was born March 8, 1931, in Kalamazoo, MI, the daughter of Clarence C. and Melva Mae (GEREN) PIERCE, and had been a life resident of this area. She had been employed for 18 years with Cadillac Overall. She attended the First Free Will Baptist Church. Bessie loved cats and the cats knew they had a friend in Bessie. She also collected sports cards and was the family historian. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Forman, Harry and Rolland PIERCE; and one sister, Esther PIERCE. On February 2, 1952, she was united in married to Samuel David WILLIS, who survives. Also surviving are one daughter, three sons and spouses, Sandra and Rick BAKHUYZEN of Plainwell, David Samuel and Daniel Percy WILLIS, both of Kalamazoo, Patrick and Quinda WILLIS of Plainwell; two grandchildren, Matthew BAKHUYZEN and Shanda WILLIS; three brothers and six sisters, Evelyn GARDNER of Marcellus, Clarence W. PIERCE of Alamo, Carroll M. PIERCE of Portage, Roger H. PIERCE of Plainwell, Marie N. MACKEY of Portage, Roger H. PIERCE of Jackson, MI, Noreen J. SMITH of Kalamazoo, Mabel Ellen RUSTENHOLTZ and Sandra I. MCINTYRE, both of Kalamazoo, Melva M. (Brenda) HIEMSTRA of Virginia; many nieces and nephews. Services for Mrs. WILLIS will be held Friday morning at 11 o’clock from the First Free Will Baptist Church, 630 Moline St., with Rev. Mr. John W. Vick officiating. Interment in East Cooper Cemetery. Friends may meet the family at the Langeland Memorial Chapel, 622 S. Burdick, A Trust 100 Chapel this evening from 7 to 9 and Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9. Memorials may be made to the First Free Will Baptist Church Memorial Fund. source: Kalamazoo Gazette Oct 1996 source: Kalamazoo Gazette Oct 1996 (submitted by a volunteer, no family connection)
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