She was born on March 8, 1927 in Sullivan County, Ind., the daughter of Forrest Reed and Ruby Mae (Daniel) Bell.
Bessie was a bookkeeper and homemaker. She was a member Mt. Zion Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her parents, first husband Loren Hildenbrand in 1988 and her second husband William Anderson in 2002.
Survivors include: one daughter, Marsha (Randy) McCombs of Linton; three grandchildren, Amber (Josh) Cates, Angela McCombs and Autumn McCombs; three great-grandchildren, Tysen Dunn, Avaree Dunn and Kaeden Cliver; three step daughter,; Georgene Shaw, Kimberly Nicholas and Donna Gray; and one brother William "Bill" (Connie) Bell of Sullivan, Indiana. Bessie is also survived by several other members of her family.
Graveside funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8 at Bethany Cemetery in rural Carlisle, Ind. with Bro. Tom Montgomery officiating.
Arrangements are being handled by Newkirk Funeral Home in Dugger.
In lieu of flowers the family would like memorial contributions to be made to the American Cancer Society or their favorite organization.