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Bessie Mabery

Bessie Ophelia (Cooper) Mabery, age 71, of Excelsior Springs, Mo., passed from this life on May 7, 2010, at the Excelsior Springs Hospital. Bessie was born July 26, 1938, the daughter of Alonzo C. Cooper and Fannie O. (Bowman) Cooper.

Bessie was preceded in death by her parents; spouses, Grant Bradshaw and William Mabery; three siblings, Clarence W. Cooper, Barbara A. Taylor and Alonzo C. Cooper Jr.; and a child, Betsy Ann Bradshaw, who died in infancy. To cherish her memory Bessie leaves her longtime companion, Edward Porter; four children, Grant Bradshaw Jr. (Eleanor Louise “Lou”), Larry Bradshaw (Elizabeth Hozalski “Liz”), Melissa “Lisa” Matthews (Joe Barajas) and William Mabery Jr.; a son-in-law, Andrew Matthews; a daughter-in-law, Rhonda Pettus; 15 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. She also leaves four sisters, Stella L. Cooper, Dorothy M. Smith (Andrew), Leona F. Garrett (Marvin) and Helen J. Midgyett (Howard), and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 13, at Bross & Spidle Funeral Home, 217 W. Broadway, Excelsior Springs, Mo. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, May 14, at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Elmwood Cemetery, Excelsior Springs. “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorry, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” Revelation 21:4.

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