Bessie D. Williams, 85, of Clyde (Townsend Twp.) and formerly of Lakeside, quietly passed away with her husband by her side Wednesday morning, May 12, 2010, in The Bellevue Hospital.
She was born April 17, 1925, in McMinnville, Tenn., the daughter of the Rev. William J. and Emma J. (Aughinbough) McElroy. After moving to Ohio in 1957, from the Detroit area, Bessie worked for Northern Ohio Telephone Company before accepting a position at Lakeside Post Office. Her career with the postal department spanned more than 30 years and she was the postmaster in Gypsum when she retired in 1987. She was a member of Bellevue Church of Christ.
Bessie's sincere love revolved around her grandchildren and they honored her by sharing their experiences with her during their many visits or hour-long phone calls. She always looked forward to having her whole family gather together over the Thanksgiving holiday.
Surviving are her husband, Burch, whom she married Feb. 11, 1955; her daughter, Patricia Ann (William C.) Hall of Catawba Island; son, John Howard of Clyde; brother, H.C. McElroy of Memphis, Tenn.; daughter-in-law, Pam Peters (Ray) Williams of Danbury Twp.; grandchildren, Helen (Greg) Odum of Perrysburg, James C. Williams of Sandusky, Tara Renee' (Chris) Smith of Coopersburg, Pa., and V. Hydie Hall of Indianapolis; great-grandchildren, Nevan, Kaitlyn, Tiernan and Rhiannon; her very special friend, JoAnn Gahimer of Bellevue; and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her son, C. Ray of Lakeside; parents; and three sisters and two brothers.
Visitation is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday in Neidecker, LeVeck & Crosser Funeral Home, Peninsula Chapel, 7755 E. Harbor Road, Marblehead. Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home; Pastor Keith Huntley will officiate. Burial will follow in Sackett Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to Back to the Wild, 4504 Bardshar Road, Castalia, OH 44824 or the charity of donor's choice.
Condolences may be expressed at neideckerleveckcrosser.com.