Bessie David Smelser of Harrisonville, Missouri was born, October 4, 1925 in Linn Creek, Missouri the daughter of James Mason and Nettie Ann (Mattox) Calton. She departed this life on Saturday, November 28, 2020 at Menorah Medical Center, Overland Park, Kansas surrounded by love and family at the age of 95 years, 1 month and 24 days.
Bessie loved to dance, bake, sew quilts and spend time with her family and friends.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband of 38 years, Gilbert Gordon David; her second husband of 26 years, Adam Smelser; two sons, Gilbert Gordon David Jr. and Gary Lee David; a granddaughter; Lorie Lynn Wimsatt McGee.
Bessie is survived by her companion of 2 years, Charles Uchtman of the home; three daughters, Mary Ellen Prettyman, Harrisonville, Missouri, Rose Marie Drury, Archie, Missouri, Julie Daniels (Jack), Harrisonville, Missouri; 4 granddaughters; 5 grandsons; 12 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandson; other relatives and a host of friends.
Graveside services will be held Friday, December 4, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at the Clearfork Cemetery, Garden City, Missouri.
The family suggest the memorial contributions may be made to the Bessie Smelser memorial fund ( please make checks out to Julie Daniels) and may be sent in care of Dickey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 432, Harrisonville, Missouri 64701.