Shirley Williams Bess

December 27, 1920May 29, 2012

Shirley Williams Bess 91, passed away May 29, 2012 at Baptist Hospital Northeast in LaGrange, KY, in the presence of her family and a devoted staff. She was born in Louisville, she was a long time resident of Westport, KY. She is survived by Walter E. Bess, loving husband of 69 years, daughter Deborah E. Goldberg, and many nieces, nephews and their families. Shirley was employed by old, Koster-Swope Buick, where she worked 30 years in their Finance Corp. and retired as Vice President of the General Leasing Corp. She served the senior citizens community of Westport for years and appreciated her neighbors on the river. Her sense of fun and unmatched humor will long be remembered.

Visitation will be 3-7 p.m. Thursday at Arch L. Heady-Cralle Funeral Home, 2428 Frankfort Ave. with a service Friday , June 1, 2012, at 10:00 AM in the Last Supper Mausoleum Chapel of Resthaven Memorial Park.


  • Visitation Thursday, May 31, 2012
  • Celebration of Life Service Friday, June 1, 2012

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June 8, 2012

Dear cousin Walter & Debbie-- We're sorry to hear of your loss of Shirley, She was a great & gracious lady that we remember from family reunions & Koster-Swope. Ess' daughter & husband,
Mary Ann & Herm Weber

Janice Byron Hellmann

June 1, 2012

So sorry for your loss We loved Shirley. She and Walter were great friends of mom and dad , and we have lots of old photos to prove that They had such fun together when they were young. Know she is having a great reunion with mom and dad in heaven She never failed to remind me that I was a biter when I was little. I always loved seeing her. Loved her big smile. She was a beautiful person

June 1, 2012

Mr. Bess and Deborah,
I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Shirley from working with my Dad, Henry Schmitt, at Koster-Swope. She always had a bright smile and was a very wonderful person. God Bless!
Rosanna Buckley Louisville, KY

June 1, 2012

Walter and Debbie , Shirley will be greatly missed at Lagrange Family Care Drs . She was a awesome person that we all loved dearly . Prayers to you both during this time of mourning. We love you both . Jamie Nation and staff at Lagrange Family Care Drs .

Annette Ford

May 31, 2012

Walter and Deborah, I am so sorry for you loss I have many fond memories of her from Koster-Swope, she was a great person, my mother, Mary Ford and father, Lawrence Ford were great friends with her. Always remember her at the wonderful Koster-Swope picnics. Sorry I couldn't get to the visitation today.