Goshen News, Goshen, IN

July 29, 2013

Bessie Louise Wood

Oct. 26, 1918-July 29, 2013


ELKHART — Bessie Louise Wood, 94, passed away Monday morning at Miller’s Merry Manor, Wakarusa.

She was born Oct. 26, 1918 in Harrison Township, to Nelson and Melissa Marie (Whitehead) Clipp.

She married Robert Dale Wood April 16, 1941, in New Paris. He died July 25, 1970.

Survivors include a daughter-in-law, Sara Wood-Gibbs (James Gibbs), South Bend; a granddaughter, Michelle Kline; three great-grandchildren; and a sister, Erma Drake Frye, Wakarusa.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and a son, Bruce Wood, who died May 16, 2009.

Bessie, along with her husband, was a charter member of the Concord Volunteer Fire Department.  She was a member of Dunlap United Methodist Church, Elkhart Moose and Fairview Grange.  An avid bowler and Cubs fan, she volunteered at Elkhart General Hospital for more than 25 years.  She was passionate about traveling.

Following her retirement in 1983 from the custodial staff of Concord Community Schools, she worked as a hostess for Dr. Rich Boling.

Friends may call Friday from 11 a.m. until the 1 p.m. funeral service at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen. The Rev. Joe Smith of Dunlap United Methodist Church will officiate.

Burial will follow at Prairie Street Cemetery, Elkhart.

Memorial contributions may be made to Dunlap United Methodist Church.

Online condolences may be shared at www.yoderculpfuneralhome.com.