Bessie Beatrice Brown

b. 1 June 1918, d. 27 March 2008

Bessie Beatrice "Bess" Brown Stephens

Father*William Frederick Brown b. 7 Jan 1885, d. 26 Jan 1962
Mother*Cora Elsie Jacobs b. 1 Nov 1890, d. 18 Jan 1974
Bessie Beatrice Brown|b. 1 Jun 1918\nd. 27 Mar 2008|p6443.htm|William Frederick Brown|b. 7 Jan 1885\nd. 26 Jan 1962|p6436.htm|Cora Elsie Jacobs|b. 1 Nov 1890\nd. 18 Jan 1974|p6437.htm|William A. Brown|b. 18 May 1854\nd. 5 Sep 1934|p5706.htm|Susan Miller|b. 31 May 1861\nd. 22 May 1934|p5705.htm|||||||

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Birth*Bessie Beatrice Brown was born on 1 June 1918.1 
Marriage*She married Roland Everett Stephens on 13 November 1945 at Wood County, WV; Minister Raymond C Keeper.2 
Death*Bessie Beatrice Brown died on 27 March 2008 at Charleston, Kanawha County, WV, at age 89.1 
Obituary*Her obituary published on 28 March 2008; Bessie Brown Stephens, 89, died peacefully in her sleep Thursday, March 27, 2008, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Becky and Bob Podbesek.

Bess made her home with Becky and Bob for the past few years as her health declined. Bess and her late husband, Roland E. Stephens, had lived in Dunbar for nearly 60 years, moving there shortly after their wedding in 1945. Bess attended Humphreys Memorial United Methodist Church in Dunbar.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Becky and Bob Podbesek of Charleston; grandson, Brian Stephens Podbesek of Morgantown; and sister-in-law, Fanell Brown of Parkersburg. As close as family, her caregivers throughout her illness were Glora (Penny) Beville and Debbie Taylor.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 32 years, Roland Stephens; parents, Cora Jacobs Brown and William Fred Brown of Rockport; brothers Lester C. Brown, Virgil L. Brown and William E. Brown; brother-in-law, Sterling L. Brown; and nephew, Gary Stephens Brown, all of Parkersburg.

Bess was a wonderful and supportive mother and grandmother, homemaker, and avid gardener. She will be remembered for her loving encouragement, her humor, her kindness, her creativity and her ability to express genuine joy.

There will be a gathering of family and friends from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 29, with a brief service at 4:30 p.m., at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar, with the Rev. Dr. Okey B. Harless Jr. officiating.

There will be a graveside service in her honor at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made in her name to HospiceCare, 1143 Dunbar Ave., Dunbar, WV 25064, or a favorite charity.3 
Burial*She was buried on 29 March 2008 at Limestone Cemetery, Rockport, Wood County, WV.1 
Headstone*Headstone on 30 March 2008 at Limestone Cemetery, Parkersburg, Wood County, WV.4


Roland Everett Stephens b. 23 September 1915, d. 30 October 1977

Last Edited26 Jan 2011


  1. [S7] Obituary.
  2. [S1] Wood County WV Marriage Record.
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  4. [S113] Headstone.