Nov

06

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : November 6, 2014

Bessie Bennett

Bessie Bennett

On December 4, 1940, in Marble, Ark., a beautiful baby entered into this world to Rachel Emma and Clyde Everett Fredrick.
Now back in those days, midwives would deliver babies. The midwife that helped deliver this little bundle was blind in one eye and practically couldn’t see out of the other, bless her heart.
Due to her declaration immediately after the birth, the sweet baby’s parents lovingly chose to name him John Henry. Now John Henry is a rather nice name, but pretty soon it became apparent that it wasn’t quite appropriate for this child. He was a she. And so a new name was settled on. Bessie Lea Fredrick.
Bessie was one of six siblings. Anyone who knew Bessie knows that she was so full of overwhelming compassion, and that’s how she was as a child. She was a caretaker to her siblings, always ready to receive discipline for their mishaps. She didn’t want to see them sad or hurt. She was a protector.
Bessie attended school with a handsome young fellow named Alonzo “Boogie” Bennett. As young teenagers they fell in love and before too long, they married. Boogie was in the Army and Bessie worked at Sears for a short period of time.
She eventually had four babies, and sadly, she miscarried another. She loved staying home and raising her children.
She once had dreams of becoming a nurse. She was made to take care of others. After she had her children, Linda, Sherrie, Ramona, and Mark, she found her true calling was to be a wife and Mama, and later a Grandma, and later still a Great-Grandma. She was so blessed to have one son, three daughters, 17 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. She was the absolute best Wife, Mother, and Grandmother.
Bessie was diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease in her mid-twenties. That was just the beginning of a long life of physical struggles as a result of that terrible disease. She suffered cysts on her kidneys and liver, high blood pressure, aortic dissection, brain aneurisms and arterial fibrillation, among many other things.
She lived on dialysis until she was blessed with a kidney transplanted from one of her loving daughters, the only one of her children who did not inherit the disease.
During her many years of struggling with the symptoms of PKD, her daughter, Linda, also had to fight for her life as well. She gained her freedom from PKD in 2006 when she found her place with God.
Although day-to-day living was often difficult and tiring for Bessie, she continued to do all that she could to be a blessing to those around her.
She once took in a child who was terminally ill and cared for him.
Bessie and Boogie began attending the Mabank Church of Christ around 1981 where they have been members since. She always attended when she was able and was a beautiful example to others of God’s children.
After over 20 years, Bessie’s transplanted kidney began to fail and she, once again, needed to live on dialysis. She spent many, many years in and out of the hospitals with Boogie always at her side caring for her. They celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary Oct. 25, 2014 in the hospital together.
From the time Bessie first put on Jesus as her Savior, to her last breath, she lived with the goal of meeting Jesus.
On Oct. 28, 2014, at 2:48 a.m., she was given the highest honor of being called Home to live with Him.

Nov

02

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : November 2, 2014

Ruby Usleton

Ruby Usleton

Funeral services for Ruby Usleton, 90, were held Oct. 28, 2014, at Anderson Clayton Brothers Chapel with Rev. Don Teague officiating. Interment followed at Donelton Cemetery in Lone Oak.
Ruby was born Feb. 13, 1924, to John and Stella Wheat Carter in Oklahoma City, Okla., and passed away Oct. 25, 2014 in Mabank, Texas.
She was a longtime resident of Gun Barrel City and a member of Legendary Baptist Church.
Ruby worked at Hancock Fabrics in Dallas and also did home health care work.
She enjoyed sewing, cooking and most of all, spending time with her grandchildren and family.
Ruby was a very simple person who enjoyed taking care of her family. She was a great mom and grandmother.
She is preceded in death by her parents, John and Stella Carter, first husband Glen Patterson, sisters Juanita Key, Faye Hatcher and Maurine Criss.
Ruby leaves behind her loving husband, Ovie Usleton of Mabank; sons Michael Patterson of Arlington and Ronnie Patterson and wife Debra of Gun Barrel City; daughter-in-law Gale Eberle Patterson of Dallas; grandchildren Kathy, John, David and Tammy Usleton, Keith and Alexandra Patterson and Brady Wilson; several great-grandchildren; sister Edith McLaughlin of Waxahachie; numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
The family thanks the Mabank Nursing Home staff for their excellent care.
A personal tribute may be made online at www.andersonclaytonkemp.com.

Nov

02

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : November 2, 2014

Ruby Usleton

Ruby Usleton

Funeral services for Ruby Usleton, 90, were held Oct. 28, 2014, at Anderson Clayton Brothers Chapel with Rev. Don Teague officiating. Interment followed at Donelton Cemetery in Lone Oak.
Ruby was born Feb. 13, 1924, to John and Stella Wheat Carter in Oklahoma City, Okla., and passed away Oct. 25, 2014 in Mabank, Texas.
She was a longtime resident of Gun Barrel City and a member of Legendary Baptist Church.
Ruby worked at Hancock Fabrics in Dallas and also did home health care work.
She enjoyed sewing, cooking and most of all, spending time with her grandchildren and family.
Ruby was a very simple person who enjoyed taking care of her family. She was a great mom and grandmother.
She is preceded in death by her parents, John and Stella Carter, first husband Glen Patterson, sisters Juanita Key, Faye Hatcher and Maurine Criss.
Ruby leaves behind her loving husband, Ovie Usleton of Mabank; sons Michael Patterson of Arlington and Ronnie Patterson and wife Debra of Gun Barrel City; daughter-in-law Gale Eberle Patterson of Dallas; grandchildren Kathy, John, David and Tammy Usleton, Keith and Alexandra Patterson and Brady Wilson; several great-grandchildren; sister Edith McLaughlin of Waxahachie; numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
The family thanks the Mabank Nursing Home staff for their excellent care.
A personal tribute may be made online at www.andersonclaytonkemp.com.