OBITUARY

Bess Karr Rister

March 15, 1925March 29, 2019
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Bess Karr Rister passed away on Friday, March 29, 2019 at Wheeler Place Assisted Living Gainesville, Texas, where she had lived this past year. She was 94 years old. Bess was born on March 15, 1925 in Ellis County, Texas—the fifth child of Jesse Fred and Samantha Letha (Almand) Adams.

After graduating from Adamson High School in Dallas, Texas, she married the love of her life Clarence William (Bill) Karr on June 27, 1942. When Bill returned from serving in WWII, they lived in Dallas where their two children were born.

In 1958 they moved to Abilene where they quickly joined First Baptist church and served faithfully for many years. They enjoyed traveling in their motor home and square dancing. Bess assisted in teaching square dance classes for 20 after Bill became a caller and instructor. Bess worked for Abilene Independent School District as a secretary at Jones Elementary and Jefferson Junior High (1962-1969); was educational secretary at First Baptist Church Abilene (1969-1975); was administrative assistant for the office of State Mutual Insurance in Abilene (1980-1985).

Her husband passed away on February 14, 2001. In March, 2005 she married Rickie U. Rister. They enjoyed life together until he passed away in November, 2012. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother James Adams, five sisters: Freddie Epps, Euna Powell, Frances Warren, Mary Lou Julian, and Joycelyn Geer.

She is survived by son Bill Karr, Jr. (Debra) of Victoria, Texas, daughter Donna Hadlock (Eddie) of Gainesville, Texas, six grandchildren Heather Hadlock and David (Stephanie) Hadlock, Daniel, Stephen (Tiffany), Michael, and Justin Karr and four great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Abilene or a charity of your choice.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, April 4, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, April 4, 2019
REMEMBERING

Bess Karr Rister

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Julian/Charlotte Bridges

April 5, 2019

Bess was a long-time member of the Fellowship Sunday School Class at First Baptist Church, Abilene, TX.
We know she loved our LORD and is now with Him, with a new body, free from pain. We rejoice with all who knew her and are happy that perhaps she can again help many learn those lively square dances in heaven.

Julian and Charlotte

Rev. 14:13

Shirley Roberts

April 4, 2019

Shirley Roberts

April 4, 2019

I have many wonderful memories of Bess!

Shirley Roberts

April 4, 2019

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