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Bessie Alberta Ikerd Brownlee
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Birth: Aug. 3, 1909
Warren County
Illinois, USA
Death: Feb. 20, 2009
Warren County
Illinois, USA

MONMOUTH - Bessie Alberta Brownlee, 99, of Monmouth, died at 6:24 a.m. Friday, Feb. 20, 2009 at OSF Holy Family Medical Center, Monmouth.

She was born Aug. 3, 1909, in Gerlaw, the daughter of Charles Able and Nancy Agnes (Sims) Ikerd. She was raised and educated in the Gerlaw and Monmouth schools.

Bessie married James Samuel Brownlee on Dec. 31, 1927 in Monmouth and he died Jan. 23, 2000.

Bessie was a farm homemaker at Eleanor near Little York where she and James farmed for 60 years and raised two daughters, Barbara Jean and Lavonne Kay. Bessie also worked at Woolworth's, Monmouth Stone Company in the office and at Brown Lynch Scott as a bookkeeper.

She was a long-time member of the Sugar Tree Grove United Presbyterian Church and a special friend to the Gerlaw Christian Church. Bessie and James where charter members of the Strom Senior Center where they were given Outstanding Ageless Achiever Senior Citizens Awards for their endless hours of volunteering. She was in Home Bureau and was a leader of the Spring Grove 4-H Club. She was thrilled to be honored at the Prime Beef Festival Parade as one of the first attendees of the first Prime Beef Festival where she had met her husband.

Her hobbies include dancing with Jimmie, reading, cooking and preserving foods, camping, playing cards, crafts and crocheting.

Survivors include her daughter, Barbara Jean Nichols of Monmouth; grandchildren, Debra (Max) Kessler of Little York, Nancy Wright of Edwards, James (Lisa) Nichols of Monmouth and Alice (Steven) Schreiner of Midland, N.C.; great-grandchildren, Seth (Kendra) Kessler, Hayley Kessler, Emily Wright, Jesse Wright, Alexis Wright, Amanda Nichols, Matthew Schreiner, Derek Schreiner and Dalton Schreiner; sister-in-laws, Marie Chandler Tenhaaf and Nellie Brownlee; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one daughter, Lavonne Kay Hawk; one sister; and three brothers.
Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 23 at Hoover-Hall Memorial Chapel, Monmouth, with Pastor Paul Lydic officiating. Burial will be in Warren County Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends may call after noon Sunday, Feb. 22 at the funeral home, where family will be present from 2-4 p.m.

Memorials may be given to the Sugar Tree Grove Presbyterian Church or the OSF Holy Family Medical Center Long Term Care Unit.

Online condolences may be left at
Published in The Register-Mail on 2/20/2009
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  James S Brownlee (1908 - 2000)*
*Calculated relationship
Warren County Memorial Park
Warren County
Illinois, USA
Created by: Heaven bound
Record added: Feb 20, 2009
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