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Bessie Conley


    Bessie Conley, 82, South Milford, died Monday, August 20, 2012, at her residence.

    She was born March 15, 1930, in Yellow Mountain, Ky., to Grover Cleveland and Armenta (Gayheart) Messer. 

    Moving from Kentucky to this area in 1954, she was an elementary school teacher at the Stone Building School House in Upper Quicksand while living in Kentucky. She was a member of Community Baptist Church near Wolcottville.

    She was married April 28, 1953, in Garrett, Ky., to Vern Conley. He survives in South Milford.

    Also surviving are three daughters and sons-in-law, Lucretia and Mike McKenzie, Kendallville, Ind., Brenda and Ben Helmkamp, Avilla, Ind., and Sandy and Don Mertz of Portage, Mich.; one son and daughter-in-law, Chad and Missy Conley, South Milford; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one brother, Truman Messer, Martin, Ky.

    She was preceded in death by nine brothers and sisters.

    Visitation is 2-8 p.m. Thursday, August 23, at Young Family Funeral Home Kendallville Chapel.

    Services will be 11 a.m. Friday, August 24, at Community Baptist Church in Wolcottville with Pastor Lee Combs, Pastor David Stewart, and Pastor Carl Ritchie officiating. 

    Burial will be in South Milford Cemetery.

    Memorials may be directed to Parkview Noble Home Health and Hospice or to the American Cancer Society.

    Online condolences may be sent at www.youngfamilyfuneral

    Young Family Funeral Home Kendallville Chapel is in charge of arrangements.