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Bessie Rayburn Markus
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Birth: May 14, 1928
Washington County
Iowa, USA
Death: Jun. 7, 2006
West Burlington
Des Moines County
Iowa, USA

Bessie Markus, 78, of Burlington, died at Great River Medical Center.

She was born to Sherman Lewis and Bertha Douglas Rayburn Benedyck in Washington County, Iowa. On May 14, 1977, she married Raymond Markus in Burlington.

She was orphaned at age 4 along with her brothers: Carlyle, Ray, and Jesse and sisters: May and Tressa, when her parents divorced. She worked as a maid from age 14 for 34 years until she met her husband. She was a member of West Avenue Baptist Church. She was a member of the church choir, a nursery attendant, and an AWANA club leader. She enjoyed crafts, painting, traveling, and painting houses.

Survivors include her husband; one sister: Tressa Jones of Fulton, Mississippi; stepsons: Robert Markus of Cedar Rapids and Willard Frank Markus of West Burlington, and a host of nieces and nephews.

Bessie was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers and two sisters.

The memorial funeral service was held at Aspen Grove Cemetery, with the Rev. Jerry Olson officiating.

Family Members-
Paternal Grandparents:
Henry Clay Rayburn (1868-1953)
Nancy Eveline Anderson Rayburn (1871-1948)

Maternal Grandparents:
John Riley Douglas (1864-1917)
Martha K "Mattie" Black (1877-1910)

Jason Douglas (1889-1976)
Clayton William Rayburn (1903-1988)

Betty Sophie Rayburn Hamilton Douglas (1895-1963)
Eunice Rayburn Green (1898-1958)
Minnie Laverne Rayburn Brown (1905-1974)

Clifford Mariner (1907-1975)
A.C. Jones (1924-1983)

Crystal Ann Crease Rayburn (1938-1999)

Lyle L. Miettinen (1941-2010)
Harold Eugene Rayburn (1948-2014)
Robert Earl Jones (1953-1972)

Virginia Irene Mariner Payne (1932-1985) 
Family links: 
Sherman Lewis Rayburn (1890 - 1975)
  Bertha Douglas Badendyke (1893 - 1958)
  Ethel Parker Rayburn Mariner (1911 - 1988)*
  Herbert Rayburn (1917 - 1975)*
  Carlyle Clyde Rayburn (1919 - 1967)*
  May Sylvia Rayburn Englemann (1921 - 1983)*
  Ray L Rayburn (1923 - 1988)*
  Tressa Rayburn Jones (1925 - 2011)*
  Jesse Lee Rayburn (1926 - 1993)*
  Bessie Rayburn Markus (1928 - 2006)
*Calculated relationship
Aspen Grove Cemetery
Des Moines County
Iowa, USA
Maintained by: Joyce
Originally Created by: Flintstone
Record added: Jun 09, 2006
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Bessie <i>Rayburn</i> Markus
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God bless you.
- Rhonda Cowan
 Added: Jul. 20, 2006

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