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Katherine Bedell
Katherine (Piggee) Bedell was born November 29th, 1922 in Brownstown, AR. After traveling many roads the Lord called her from her labor to reward on Sunday, October 18th at 5:40 pm at the Pleasant Valley Rehabilitation Center in Garland, TX.
Katherine married Leo Eugene Bedell in 1942. They were married for 31 years and to this union 12 children were born.
Katherine leaves to cherish her memories; sisters Clara Miller of Las Vegas, NV, Angie Duckett, Broken Bow, OK, and Mildred Piggee of Oklahoma City, OK; children, Anna L. Smith, Arlington, TX, Tommy E. Bedell (Esther), Springfield, MO, Larry Small (spouse of the late Mildred L.), Phoenix, AZ, Genella Bond, Sachse, TX, Joe Bedell (Delois), Richardson, TX, Patsy S. Givens (Greg), North Richland Hills, TX, Ernie R. Bedell (Helen), Springfield, MO, Larry E. Bedell (Hazel), Fort Smith, AR, Ronnie Bedell, Kansas City, MO, Tonya Bedell, Sachse, TX, and Marshell M. Johnson (Zebedee), McKinney, TX; 38 grandchildren, 91 great grandchildren, 23 great-great grandchildren, a host of nieces and nephews, special adopted children Shirley Bedell, Richard Allen, Crystal Shannon, Michelle Johnson, and a host of relatives and friends. Preceding Katherine to the land of the living were her parents Harry and Ella Piggee, sister Geraldine Lovejoy Jennings, and brothers McCoy Piggee and Joe Lovejoy; her husband Leo, daughter Mildred, son David Meryl, one grandchild and one great grandchild.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at Turning Point Baptist Church (formerly Washington Avenue Baptist Church) at 9:30 am. Burial will follow at Hazelwood Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 6-7 pm on Friday, October 23, at Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home. There will also be a visitation from 9:00-9:30 am Saturday morning at the church. 
[Springfield News-Leader, Oct. 22, 2015; Submitted by Betty Bolden]

Name of Deceased: Bertha Tinsley Bennett
Newspaper: Springfield News Leader
Date: Nov. 9, 1987
Submitters Name: Robert King

Obit: Bertha Tinsley Bennett, Springfield, died at 6:10 a.m. Sunday in Primrose Place. She was born in Dallas County on Oct. 30, 1891. She attended State Normal School (SMSU) in Springfield and taught school in Buffalo. On May 16, 1912, she married Phil A. Bennett, editor of The Reflex in Buffalo and a State Senator. They moved to Springfield in 1923, and he then became Lieutenant Governor of Missouri and later a congressman. Mrs. Bennett was deeply interested in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and in the schools her children attended. She served as president of the P.T.A. of Boyd Elementary School, and Jarrett Junior High and Senior High School. She was a charter member of Springfield Area Girl Sciut Council, a member of the Garden Club M.F.W.C, and the Greene County Republican Club. She was a Sunday school teacher at South Street Christian Church and later of National Avenue Christian Church. A. charter member of the latter church, she served as membership chairman of the bulding committee before construction in 1954. In 1973, she was elected an Honorary Life Deaconess of the Church. Mrs. Bennett was employed by SMSU as a counselor for the Women's Dormitory for several years. She entered many flower shows,winning blue ribbons and special awards for horticulture and arrangements. She became a National Accredited Flower Show Judge and was active in judging flower shows at fairs and expositions in Southwest Missouri. Surviving area son, Federal Circuit Judge Marion Tinsly Bennett, Washington D.C.; a daughter, Mary Edith Robertson (Mrs. F. Gordon Robertson.), Springfield; two sisters, Mrs. Ethel Olsen, Rosemeade, Calif., and Mrs. Vers Gause, Austin, Texas; four grendchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in National Avenue Christian Church with Rev. Don Lanier officiating. Burial will be in Hazelwood Cemetery under the direction of Gorman-Scharpf University Chapel. Memorials may be made to National Avenue Christian Church

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