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Bessie Ruby Webb


August 22, 1908 ~ July 7, 2012 - Obituary Condolences
Bessie Ruby Webb Obituary
Bessie Ruby Webb August 22, 1908 ~ July 7, 2012 Bessie walked on this earth for over 100 years. She came from a real pioneer family of English-Irish descent. Her family traveled by wagon train from Paducah, Kentucky, to settle in Union, Arkansas, in the 1800s. Bessie was born in 1908 in Oxford, Arkansas, to LeRoy and Elnora Miranda (Nimmo) Prewett. Bessie had two brothers and three sisters. The family lived on a farm in Arkansas and survived the Depression and the great flu epidemic of 1918. At 10 years of age, Bessie took care of her entire family that was sick with the killer flu. Many of her neighbors died, and all her family was disabled in bed. They had no running water, electricity, or heat. In 1935, Bessie married Homer Lee Webb. They were married for 50 years and had one son, Bill. They moved from Arkansas to Taft, CA, in 1941. Homer took a job with Standard Oil Company, and Bessie also found work with Standard Oil as a fleet dispatcher. In the early '50s, she also worked as a seamstress in the Taft shirt factory. She made her own clothes using patterns that followed the fashions of the times. In the early '60s, they bought a house in Bakersfield, and Bessie and Homer played a major role in the development and raising of their grandchildren. After the passing of her husband, Homer, in 1986, Bessie showed great strength and continued an active, productive life despite two bouts of cancer. She was blessed with much happiness in her life for over 100 years. She loved digging in her rose garden and grew oversized, prize-winning tomatoes. Even at 85 years of age, it was not unusual to find Bessie picking apricots or on the roof of her house cutting back tree limbs. Bessie was preceded in death by her husband, Homer Lee Webb; her parents, Elnora Miranda and LeRoy Prewett; her brothers, John Marvin Prewett and Roy Oral Prewett; her sisters, Bula Edna LeFevers, Nola Jewel Rowden, and Lois Mary LeFevers. She is survived by her son, Bill and wife, Kathryn; her grandchildren, Doug Webb and wife, Kay, Craig Webb, Valorie Holcomb and husband, Richard, and Monica Schneider; eight great-grandchildren, Blake, Brooke, Audrey, Spencer, Jeremy, Britani, Gaven, and Brandi Byrd and husband, Perry; and six great-great-grandchildren, Tyler, Logan, Jayde, Amme, Onyx, and Jaydin. Also recognized as extended family are Curt Culbertson, Sandra Culbertson, and Dennis Mahan, plus many friends and relatives. Grateful acknowledgement is extended to Glenwood Gardens staff, Odyssey Hospice, Preferred Family Care staff and all the caregivers, especially Rita Stokes. A chapel service will be held on Thursday, July 12, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. at Greenlawn Southwest Memorial Chapel, 2739 Panama Lane. Odyssey Chaplain Craig Amos will be officiating. For condolences please visit www.greenlawnmortuaryandcemetery.com. Greenlawn Southwest www.bakersfield.com/obits
Published in Bakersfield Californian on July 10, 2012
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