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Bessie Mae Lindsey

October 6, 1926 ~ November 22, 2018 (age 92)
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On Thursday, November 22, 2018, Thanksgiving Day, Bessie Mae Lindsey, the unwavering and unshakable matriarch of the family, passed away at age 92, after a series of health issues and ultimate cardiac arrest. Bessie Mae was born October 6,1926, in Linden, Texas to Norris and Naomi (Irvin) Jones. She attended school in East Texas at Chapel Hill School. She was a loyal and devoted family member, always helping with the family farming and never-ending cotton picking. She worked, along with lifelong friend, Betty and Nellie, at the Lone Star Arsenal, creating bombs with hot TNT, for the war efforts, a very dangerous job! In 1945, she followed friends Betty and Nellie to Dallas for a better life, working as a telephone operator for Southwestern Bell, with 31 years of service. This was a great feat, a country East Texas girl exploring Big D for the first time. It was one the best times in her life. She enjoyed an early retirement and was a lifelong member of The Dallas Life Counsel Pioneers. In July, 1945, she married Britton Jean Lindsey. They raised one daughter, Betty Jean Lindsey Banks. In 1969, she met her soulmate, Charles (Charlie) Stogdill. They enjoyed many happy times, including traveling to Europe, enjoying a lake house and playing endless Domino games.
Bessie had a passion for gardening and loved beautiful flowers! She also had a passion for people and talking to friends on the phone. For years, she was known as the "pecan lady", cracking and picking pecans out on the half shell, then selling to hundreds of people. She was enterprising, smart and practical. Her trademark was her witty and irreverent humor; she survived life with it. Bessie was preceded in death by her father, Norris, and her mother, Naomi. She is survived by her daughter Betty, two grandchildren, Nancy and Gary, along with many dear cousins, nieces, nephews and a host of precious friends.Her physical body will be missed, but her spirit and strength will be a cutting-edge force in all our lives forever. As Bessie always says, "Life Goes On". And it will...
A family and friend dinner will follow at her residence immediately after the service.

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