Bessie Ratterree Hobbs

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1916 - 2014 Bessie Ratterree Hobbs, of San Marcos, Texas and a long-time resident of Lake Charles, Louisiana, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 27, 2014, after a brief illness. She was 97 years young. Bessie was predeceased by her husband of 48 years, James Dwight Hobbs, and her parents, Joseph Duffie Ratterree and Maude Sadler Ratterree McKeown. Born in Monticello, Drew County, Arkansas on October 21, 1916, Bessie had a passion for reading and teaching others to learn. Bessie was a graduate of Arkansas A&M, University of Arkansas and McNeese State University. She taught in public schools in Kingsland, Arkansas before moving to Lake Charles in 1955, where she taught at College Oaks and Forrest K. White Schools. In the 1970s, Bessie was the first person in Louisiana to earn the Specialist in Reading degree and began a reading lab at Central School. Bessie was a lover of life and all it had to offer. As a member of First United Methodist in Lake Charles, she taught Sunday School to the elderly women (she was in her eighties at the time) and other activities. She was also very involved with numerous community organizations, including Eastern Star, Delta Kappa Gamma, Evening Lions and Lioness Clubs, McNeese Quarterback Club, Lake Charles Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Calcasieu Parish Retired Teachers Association, Lake Charles Review Club, and many more. Bessie and her husband, Dwight, especially enjoyed their McNeese Cowboys, LSU Tigers, and, of course, Arkansas Razorbacks. Left to honor and cherish her memory are her children Betty Delaney (Shelby) of San Marcos, Texas; Jim Hobbs (Scarlette) of Providence Forge, Virginia; Nancy Hobbs (Lon Sharver) of Newton, Texas; and, Duffy Hobbs (Lori) of Austin, Texas; grandchildren Marclane, Miska (Ron), Megan (John), Mairin, Scarlette Sunny (Erik), James Beau and Chase; and eleven great-grandchildren. Visitation will be Thursday, July 31, 2014, from 5:00-8:00 with an Eastern Star Service at 7:00 at Hixson Funeral Home on Ryan Street in Lake Charles, and a Celebration of Bessie's Life will be held on Friday, August 1, 2014, at 10:00 at First United Methodist Church, also in Lake Charles. The family would like to thank her caregivers at Hays Nursing in San Marcos, Texas for all their loving care in the past two years. In lieu of flowers, any donation can be made in Bessie's memory to First United Methodist Church in Lake Charles, Louisiana or San Marcos, Texas; to Lake Charles Memorial Hospital Auxiliary; to Hays Nursing and Rehab in San Marcos, Texas; or to any other worthwhile organization of your choice. Further information can be obtained through any of her children. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at

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Hixson Funeral Home
3001 Ryan St
Lake Charles, LA 70601
(337) 439-2446
Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on July 31, 2014
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