Published: Monday, February 11, 2008, Carmi Times
MT. VERNON, Ind.
Bessie E. Wells, 86, Mt. Vernon, Ind., passed away Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008 at
Deaconess Hospice Care Center.
She was born August 9, 1921 in New Haven, the daughter of the late Samuel I.
and Hattie (Poole) McNeil. She was a homemaker and was a member of the VFW
in Carmi. She was also a member of the American Legion, Eagles and Moose
auxiliaries and Welborn United Methodist Church, all in Mt. Vernon, Ind. She
Bessie was preceded in death by her father in 1961, her mother in 1966, her
first husband of 22 years (Walter S. Kirkpatrick in 1958), her second
husband of 30 years (Homer E. Wells in 1997), her two sons (Robert
Kirkpatrick in 1997 and John Kirkpatrick in 1969), her granddaughter (Lisa
Gumbel Lee in 2007), her two great-grandsons (Nicholas Charles Petty in 1994
and Zachary Paul Lee in 1998), her two brothers (Rudolph McNeil in 1973 and
Charles McNeil in 1999) and her two sisters (Jessie Mingus in 1994 and Hazel
Boyer in 2003).
She is survived by her daughter, Loretta Englebright, and her
daughter-in-law Patricia Crowdus and her husband, Doug, all of Mt. Vernon,
Ind.; her three stepsons, Steve Wells of Evansville, Ind., Keith Wells of
Wentzville, Mo., and Len Wells of Fairfield. Bessie is also survived by her
five grandchildren, Robert, Stevan and Timothy Kirkpatrick, Keely Winiger
and Brian Petty; and stepgrandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and several
nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Schneider Funeral Home,
512 Main St., Mt. Vernon, Ind., the Rev. Tom Buffington officiating, with
burial at Bellefontaine Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 10 a.m. until the 11
a.m. service time on Tuesday at the funeral home. There will be a Women of
the Moose memorial service at 6 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Deaconess Hospice Care Center.