Betty E Bess

March 4, 1931February 15, 2012

Betty E. (Becraft) Bess, 80, Kokomo, passed away on Wednesday, February 15, 2012, at her home. She was born March 4, 1931, in Kokomo, to Herman Alexander and Margaret (Bartholomew) Jurden.

She worked at Laughner Cafeteria for twelve years and at Chrysler for four years.

She is survived by three sons, Fredrick Becraft, Kenneth A. Becraft, and Bruce (Tammy) Becraft, all of Kokomo; four daughters, Sandra K. (Mike) Adams, Kokomo, Judith Diane (Tony) Salazar, Texas, Kimberly Sue (Mike Collins) Mathis, Kokomo, and Betty (Eric) Cunningham; one step-son, Criss Bess, Kokomo; one step-daughter, Donna (Randy) Baker, Kokomo; twenty-four grandchildren; thirty-two great-grandchildren; eight step-grandchildren; one brother, William Jurden, Jr., Indianapolis; and one sister, Mary Mitchell, Richmond.

She was preceded in death by one son, George Bess, Jr.; one step-son, Gerald Bess; one step-daughter, Tina Bess; two granddaughters, Jeanette Cole, and Tularé Adams; one step-granddaughter, Brandi Walker; one brother, Kenneth Alexander; and three sisters, Shirley Riley, Roberta Weaver, and Sharon Harrison.

The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Sunset Memory Garden Funeral Home with Pastor Rick Burgei officiating. Entombment will follow in Sunset Memory Garden Cemetery. Visiting hours will be from noon until the time of service on Saturday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Diabetes Association. Online messages of condolence may be made at


  • Visitation Saturday, February 18, 2012
  • Funeral Service Saturday, February 18, 2012

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Lori,James,Chelsie Jackson

February 17, 2012

My condolences for this family. May God be with you all, in this time of need.

Lori, Chelsie, James Jackson

February 17, 2012

My condolences to this family, may God be with you in this time of need.

Mary Mitchell

February 16, 2012

Miss You Sis

Sharon Roach

February 16, 2012

My condolences. Such a great lady. I have such loving memories of her gentle patience and grace.

Sharon (Hightower) Roach aka P-nut