Cedar Key - Bessie Louise Beckham Martinez, 59, of Cedar Key, passed away on Thursday, Dec, 20, at her home. She worked in the accounting field and enjoyed helping family with their taxes. Her hobbies were painting. She was very close to her family and enjoyed being with them all.

She is survived by her children; Michael Rippy of Gainesville, Melissa Rippy of Crystal River, Larry Rippy & Richard Rippy, both of Tampa; her mother, Viola Dosha Carroll of Rosewood; sisters Jeanine Beckham of Chiefland, Sally Hathcox & Nancy Beckham, both of Rosewood, Joanie Miller of Chiefland, Connie Rowe of Texas, Jaylene Carroll of NY; brother Sid Beckham of Cross City; her grandchildren and her faithful dog, CoCo.

Memorial services will be Wed. Dec. 26, 2012 at 5:00 PM at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services.

Arrangements are under the care of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, 1301 N. Young Blvd., Chiefland, FL 32626, 352-493-0050. Online condolences may be sent through our website at

Published in Gainesville Sun from Dec. 24 to Dec. 25, 2012