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Bessie Brinkley

August 14, 1928 - January 4, 2021
From: Spencer, IA
Bessie Brinkley

Bessie Brinkley

Born: August 14, 1928
Died: January 4, 2021
Age: 92

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Bessie Brinkley, daughter of Clarence S. Harris and Julia C. (Mills) Harris was born August 14, 1928 in Lake Township.  She received her education at Lake Center Schools.  She taught in Clay County rural schools. 

     Bessie met a handsome man, Laverne Brinkley at a box social and they were married May 28, 1950 at Langdon Methodist Church.  Following their marriage, they farmed in the Spencer area.  After they retired from farming, she worked in the kitchen at the Spencer Hospital for 18 years.  She was a 4H leader and member of the Langdon Methodist Church.

     Bessie passed away on January 4, 2021 at the Pineview Assisted Living in Windom, MN at the age of 92.  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; infant son, Larry; daughter, Kathy; two infant great grandsons, Abel and Bennett Griebel; sisters, Flora Seidel and Alma Mathews; brother, Lee Harris and several in-law’s.

     She is survived by daughters: Nancy Marsh of Windom, MN, Patsy (Keith) Jacobs of Sanborn, IA, Margie (Todd) Eriksen of Webb City, MO and Jenny (Todd) Laddusaw of Inver Grove Heights, MN; grandchildren: Paul (Tashia) Marsh, Travis Marsh, Chris (Jessica) Marsh, Stephanie (Dillon) Griebel, Amy Jacobs, Ashley (Jesse) Weddle, Samantha (Chad) Williams, Eliana Laddusaw, Isaac Laddusaw and Liam Laddusaw; 10 great grandchildren and sisters, Alvera Seidel and Mary Bricker.

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Funeral Services will be held at 1:30 P.M., Saturday, January 9, 2021 at the Warner Chapel in Spencer.

Family request masks to be worn and social distancing practiced.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund in Bessie's name has been established.
Rev. Chris St. Clair
Dillon Griebel
Isaac Laddusaw
Ashley Weddle
Samantha Williams
Chris Marsh
Travis Marsh

Paul Marsh
Eliana Laddusaw
Liam Laddusaw
Stephanie Griebel
Amy Jacobs
Will be held one hour prior to the Funeral Service at Warner Chapel in Spencer.
"Just A Whispered Prayer"
"In The Garden"
"Amazing Grace"
North Lawn Memorial Park
Spencer, Iowa


Monday, January 11, 2021 at 9:33 AM
“So very sorry to hear of Bessie's passing. She was a wonderful lady.”
- Dean and Diane Parks
Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 10:55 AM
“Sorry for your loss, Bessie was an amazing lady, always a pleasure to help Verne and Besse, great neighbors.”
- Mike Durst
Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 2:30 PM
“I am so sorry to hear of Bess' passing. We had kids in the same grade of school several years. May God comfort you now as only He can do. May He wrap His arms around you and dry your tears and comfort you and bring you His peace. ”
- Dolores Hatfield
Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 9:32 AM
“We are thinking about all you girls . Sorry we can not be there in person.
Our deepest sympathy and love on the loss of your mother we'll all miss her.”
- John and Laurene (rene) Mills
Friday, January 8, 2021 at 8:06 PM
“We are thinking about all of you kids. So sorry we can't be there in person. Bless you all with family and health!! 🙏”
- Carol and Amy Meyer
Friday, January 8, 2021 at 11:31 AM
“Brinkley gals, sorry to hear of the loss of your mom, may happy memories be of comfort to you.”
- Marcia Nemmers
Friday, January 8, 2021 at 11:31 AM
“Patsy and Brinkley family. So sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. Hold tight to the many, many memories to get you through the painful times. Peace, my friend!!”
- Mark Nemmers
Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 7:33 AM
“Some of my fondest memories of growing up was when we got to come up to Aunt Bessie and Uncle Verne’s place on summer vacations! I loved helping with the chores, whether it be gathering eggs, churning butter, or walking the bean fields. Absolutely loved everything about those trips!! Will miss Aunt Bessie so much!
Nancy, Patsy, Margie,Jenny , let the Lord comfort you at this time. Love you so very much!! Doris”
- Doris Rowe
Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 2:20 PM
“Our deepest sympathies to you and your family.”
- Butch & Diane Griffel
Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 2:20 PM
“Our sincere condolences to Bessie’s family.
She was a very nice hard working lady. Hold your memories tight.
Tim and Susie Brinkley”
- Susie Brinkley
Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 7:39 AM
“Bessie was a wonderful wife and mother. We remember her as a tireless worker who loved her family very much. The summers when we helped her family with the chickens are our best memories of a family that worked hard every day and we always had fun at the same time. She will be greatly missed.”
- Frank Paulson
Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 8:41 PM
“So many wonderful memories of the Brinkley family growing up with their children. Prayers to your family.”
- Brenda Griffin
Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 8:41 PM
“Prayers and sympathy to your family. Bessie was a kind and gentle soul.”
- Nancy Tsylor
Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 4:28 PM
“Bessie & Alma were very dear to me sending my condolences to all the family 💛”
- Lori Oviatt
Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 3:02 PM
“Our deepest sympathy and love on the loss of yourMother, Aunt Bessie! ”
- Tim & Jane Matthews
Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 11:31 AM
“To Bessie's family, I remember Bessie with great fondness from several years ago. Sending my deepest thoughts and prayers for all through this challenging time. ”
- Jackie Paulsen
Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 9:23 AM
“Remembering Bessie with love and fondness. May the Lord bless you in your time of loss and sorrow.”
- Bill & Sharon Matthews
Monday, January 4, 2021 at 9:19 PM
“You are in my thoughts and prayers.. I remember coming to your farm and making butter and your dad playing his guitar.. love you all...Becky Smith Woolery ”
- Becky Woolery
Monday, January 4, 2021 at 9:19 PM
“We are so sorry for your loss ”
- Missy (Smith) Lair
Monday, January 4, 2021 at 5:32 PM
“Deepest sympathy, respectfully in Jesus.”
- Everette and Crystal Handy
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