Bessie Phelps

Friday, December 3, 2004

BURFORDVILLE -- Bessie Elizabeth Dudley Phelps, 76, died Thursday, Dec. 2, 2004, at her home.

She was born Sept. 11, 1928, in Randles, Mo., daughter of Ned Edward and Hazel McComas Menz.

She married Robert Joe Dudley March 21,1947. He died Dec. 15,1989. She married John Thomas Phelps Sr., March 8, 1996.

She worked for Sports Specialty Shoe Factory and Superior Electric Co. She was a member of the Assembly of God church of Lake Girardeau.

Survivors include her husband; a son, Robert Dudley of Whitewater; a daughter, Jo Ann Stovall of Chaffee; a brother, Edward "Sonny" Menz of Wilmington, Ill; two sisters, Jane James of Arbor, Mo., and Katie Magruder of Kankakee, Ill.; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister.

Friends may call at 5 p.m. today at the Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee, Mo.

Funeral will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with her son, Robert Dudley, officiating. Burial will be in Union Park Cemetery in Chaffee.