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Bessie M. Maranville

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Bessie Muriel Maranville, 99, of Russell, Kansas, left her earthly home on September 19, 2020 at the Russell Regional Hospital in Russell, Kansas.

Bessie was born on September 04, 1921, on her parent’s homestead in Russell County, Kansas.  Bessie was the daughter of Allen Ray and Jessie (Herron) Scott.  Bessie grew up in Russell County and graduated from Russell High School in the class of 1940.  Bessie met, fell in love and was united in marriage to Chester Eli Maranville on June 28, 1941, in Russell, Kansas.  From this union Bessie and Chester were blessed with 3 children; William Ray, Cherry Ann and Errol Lynn.  Bessie devoted her life to being a loving wife, mother and homemaker to her growing family. During War II Bess served her country by assembling radios, in Chicago, for our troops, while Chet was serving in the Navy in Pearl Harbor.  In 1961, the family moved to Denver where Bessie was the assistant manager of the Garden and Pet shop for Sears.  Bess also attended Denver Community College. In 1966, Bessie and Chet moved to Centralia, WA.  Bessie managed the Rainier Beer Distributorship for 20 years.  In 2010, Bessie and Chet moved back to Russell.  Bessie attended the Church of Christ in Russell.  Bess enjoyed painting with oil, water and acrylic paints and gardening.  Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family.

Surviving family includes her daughter Cherry and husband James Noel of Tacoma, WA; daughters-in-law, JoAnne Maranville of Waldo, Kansas and Jane Maranville of Tacoma, WA; sisters Ruth (Scott) Bartlett and Carol (Scott -Tomasino) Murphy both of Russell, Kansas; 7 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, and 3 great great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Bessie was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, Chester on January 24, 2011, sons William and Errol, grandson, William (Shayne) Noel, brothers Richard Lee, Henry Howard, Vernon Glenn, and Donald Ray Scott and sister, Mary Ann (Scott) Melasecca. A graveside celebration of Bessie’s life will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, September 25, 2020 at the Russell City Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 pm on Thursday, September 24, 2020, at themortuaryDo to Covid-19 restrictions there will not be a family lunch after the graveside service. Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell, Kansas, is in charge of the funeral service arrangements.