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Christell Bess

February 14, 1941 ~ March 5, 2021 (age 80)


Christell E. Bess was born on Valentine's Day, February 14, 1941 in Limestone County, Texas to Amos Emerson, Sr. and W. Estelle R. Emerson. The family moved to Waco, Texas when she was a year old, after the death of her father.

She met and married Virgil C. Bess, Sr. in 1963.  

She was affectionately better known as "Patsy", or "Aunt Patsy" to all of her loving family members. Christell accepted Jesus Christ at a young age under Rev. King at Union Missionary Baptist Church in Waco, Texas.

Christell received her Degree in Child Development from McLennan Community College, all while working full-time, and raising four children as a Single Mother.

Christell worked at Mexia State School for several years until 1981, she started working for the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System (VA); now known as Doris Miller VA for 21 years, until retiring in 2003.

She enjoyed many years of being retired. She took a cruise to Cozumel and Belize. She visited California, Chicago, Maryland, Connecticut, Dallas, Oklahoma, Freer, Caldwell, Bryan, and several other places.

She enjoyed family reunions, weddings, and traveling. She always enjoyed being able to participate in all of our Family Gatherings. 

She devoted her entire life to her four children, seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. There was nothing she wouldn't do for any of us.

She departed this life to be with our Lord, and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, March 5, 2021.   

Christell was preceded in death by both parents, and six siblings. They are as follows: Amos Emerson, Sr.; W. Estelle R. Emerson, (Parents) Modine Adams, Amos Emerson, Jr., Odell Rutherford, Sr.; Rayborn "Buddy" Emerson, Doris F. Wright, and Eula F. Powell. Also preceding her were devoted and loving nieces, Linda F. Butler, Earnestine Williams, and Hattie M. DePena.

She leaves to cherish her memories: her children, Sherri L. Bess-Benson-King, Virgil Charles Bess, Jr., Gary Wayne Bess, Sr., and Lawrence Paul Bess; grandchildren, Michael Benson, Jr., Bianca Christell Benson, Gary Wayne Bess, Jr., Gabriella Christell Bess, Ty'Drevion Patterson, Z'Ryiah Patterson, and Johntai Contigous; great-grandchildren, Jha'Mikal R. Benson, Brooklynn R. Benson, Kaiden C. Parr, and Sincere Bess.

There are several very special family and friends to mention (YOU ALL ARE) that will cherish her memories as well. Honorably mentioned are Nettie S. Tinsley-Watkins, Michael P. Tinsley, Sandra J. Hardy, Claudia M. Richardson-Mack, and Flora Hogg. Others are Mary Beth Perkins, Linda Ebron Majors, Essie Brooks, and Lula Henry.  She loved and adored all of her family and friends near and far - and prayed so at the dinner table for each of you.  She loved and enjoyed socializing with all of her Family and Friends she knew/met doing her most favorite pastime:  Facebook.  She also loved reading, singing, she knew how to play the piano, she loved dancing, find-a-word puzzles, her soap operas, movies, so many things, too numerous to name here. We will all love and cherish our memories of her and will miss her deeply.

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March 12, 2021

10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
McDowell Funeral Home, L.L.C.
1104 Chestnut Street
Waco, TX 76704

Funeral Service
March 13, 2021

1:00 PM
Victorious Life Church
7459 N Interstate 35 Frontage Rd
Robinson, TX 76706

March 13, 2021

Waco Memorial Park
7531 South Interstate 35
Waco, TX 76706

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