Bessie M. Ramsey


Died: September 30, 2013
PEKIN ~ Bessie M. Ramsey, 85, of Pekin, passed away at 5:22 a.m. Monday, September 30, 2013 at Pekin Hospital.;Born July 17, 1928 in Pekin to Harry John and Mary Ilene (Elliott) Fahnders, she married Harold B. Ramsey on March 21, 1950 in Pekin. He survives.;Also surviving are two sons, Danny (Sharon) Ramsey of Pekin and Kenneth Ramsey of East Peoria, two daughters, Sheila (Gary) Schumm and Cindy Counterman, both of Pekin, nine grandchildren, Jeff (Kim) Schumm of La Fayette, IN, Jillian (Bao LeHuu) Schumm of Orlando, FL, Janine Schumm of Pekin, Denise Chrestenson of Pekin, Steve (Julie) Ramsey of Houston, TX, Tracy (Troy) Mutt of Normal, Nick (Alexcia) Ramsey of Chicago, Angie Grant and Eric Counterman, both of Pekin, thirteen great-grandchildren and two sisters, Lois M. Lewis of Pekin and Karen (Terry) McElwain of Mountain Home, AR.;She was preceded in death by her parents, one son, Harold E. Ramsey on December 30, 2012 in Peoria and one sister, Emily J. Lewis.;Bessie worked for Big Lots in Pekin for 26 years in bookkeeping, retiring in 2006. She previously worked for J.C. Penney’s in Pekin for 15 years.;Bessie spent lots of time crocheting and enjoyed making Afghans and towels.;She loved her family and especially enjoyed being with all of her grandkids.;Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday, October 4, 2013 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Pekin.;Memorial contributions may be made to Good Shepherd Lutheran School, 3201 Court Street, Pekin, IL 61554.;To express condolences online, visit

Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory

405 Rusche St
Creve Coeur, IL
Phone: (309) 694-3322