Mary Fern Bess

September 28, 1934 ~ January 14, 2024 (age 89) 89 Years Old

Mary Bess Obituary

Mary Fern Bess, 89, was born on September 28, 1934 to Joseph and Idella Hyde in Caddo, Oklahoma. She went to be with the Lord on January 14, 2024, in Coos Bay, Oregon.

Fern married Willis Earl Bess on September 10, 1949. Fern and Earl started their family soon after and moved to Oregon in 1952. In 1960, they moved their family to Langlois, Oregon. They were active members of the Langlois Community Church until their move to North Bend, Oregon in 2002. They soon became members of Skyline Baptist Church.

Fern is remembered for the love she had for her Lord and for her family and friends. She had wonderful homemaking skills. She could turn simple ingredients into wonderful meals and desserts; family favorites were her delicious chocolate pies, apple pies and chocolate cake with homemade fudge frosting. She used fabric scraps to make beautiful hand stitched quilts. Many family members cherish their quilt made by Mom.

Through the years, Fern and Earl enjoyed traveling to visit family, and many camping/fishing trips. They grew a healthy garden and Fern canned and froze the bounty. Fern hosted a Women’s Bible Study in her home for many years. In addition to church and family activities, Fern enjoyed reading, crossword and jigsaw puzzles and “puttering” around in her yard and flower beds.

Fern is survived by her children, Kenneth (Carol) Bess of Halsey, Oregon; Linda Kay (Jim) Carr of North Bend, Oregon; Terry (Carolyn) Bess of Roseburg, Oregon; Janet (Ken) Rowling of Stayton, Oregon; Mary Ann (Bruce) Tucker of Coos Bay, Oregon; and Juana (Dean) Redding of Leaburg, Oregon; 15 grandchildren,34 great-grandchildren, 6 great-great grandchildren with several more on the way; and many other dear family members and friends.

Fern was preceded in death by her husband, Earl; her parents; all seven of her siblings; and grandchildren, Jennifer and Eric.

There will be a viewing from 10am to noon, Friday, January 19 at the Coos Bay Chapel, 685 Anderson Avenue in Coos Bay. Fern will be laid to rest following the viewing at 2pm at the Denmark Cemetery in Langlois, Oregon. Her son, Pastor Terry Bess, will be officiating.

A memorial service will be held at 1pm, Saturday, February 10 at Skyline Baptist Church,3451 Liberty Street  in North Bend, with Pastor David Woodruff, officiating. A reception will follow at the church.

Arrangements are under the care of Coos Bay Chapel, 541-267-3131

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January 19, 2024

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Graveside Service
January 19, 2024

2:00 PM
Denmark Cemetery
Floras Lake Loop Road
Langlois, Oregon 97450

Memorial Service
February 10, 2024

1:00 PM
Skyline Baptist Church
3451 Liberty Lane
North Bend, Oregon 97459


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