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Bessie G. Farless, 95
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Bessie G. Farless, a resident of Huntsville, Ala., and longtime resident of McMinnville, was born May 6, 1917 and died Oct. 27 at home following a short illness.She was preceded in death by her parents, Hugh Issac and Nannie Green Van Hooser; five brothers, Hugh Van Hooser, Nelson Van Hooser, Issac Van Hooser, Hoskins Van Hooser and Haskel Van Hooser; four sisters, Elizabeth Short, Dorothy Gillis, Margaret White and Nannie Lee Martin; husband, Leard Farless; and daughter, Sandi J. Irwin.She is survived by one son, Ervin L. “Lee” Farless Jr., and wife Catherine of Huntsville, Ala.; brother, Bill Van Hooser of Ooltewah; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.During World War II, Bessie worked in Detroit, Mich., where she installed rivets inside airplane wings. Her nickname at the plant was “Rosie the Riveter.” Bessie served as a registrar for local, municipal, state and federal elections at the Warren County Courthouse.A longtime member of First Baptist Church, she was active in the Sunday School program and preparing meals for church gatherings.

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