Bessie Mae Behny

Bessie Mae "Beck" Powell Behny joined her heavenly family on Nov. 19, 2017. 

The spunky, feisty diminutive  wife, mother, grandma and great-mimi was born to Mae and Orange Powell in Lagro Township on June 16, 1929. She was the last living member of 12 children.   She married Harold Behny on Aug. 2, 1947, and they were wed 56 years. Harold preceded her in death in October 2003.

Beck was an avid horse woman in her younger days, training and showing quarter horses as a hobby. She was an excellent seamstress, terrific cook, had a green thumb with plants and enjoyed planting flowers in any available piece of earth. She was  a long-time member of Dora Christian Church.

Beck was survived by two daughters, Rebecca (Tom) Wagoner and Cynthia (Tim) Eslava, as do four  grandchildren, Ryan (Courtney) Wagoner of Wabash, Margaret (January Simpson) Clifton,  Fort Wayne, Mariah (Anna) Clifton-Pierle of Plainfield and  Kitty (Christopher) Bishop of Noblesville. Also surviving are six great-grandchildren , Gabrielle and Izabielle  Wagoner, Jackson and Quentin Pierle, and Alison and Ada Bishop, and special friend, Arden Heagy who will forever remember her chocolate chip cookies, sugar cream pies, noodles and handmade American Girl doll outfits.   
Funeral services will be on Friday, Nov. 24 at 2:30 p.m. at McDonald Funeral Home, 231 Falls Ave., Wabash, with Minister Mark Wismiewski officiating.  Entombment will follow at Gardens of Memory, Huntington, with all of her grandchildren serving as pall bearers.

Friends may call two hours prior to service starting at 12:30 p.m.

Designated memorials are to Dora Christian Church Ladies Aid.

Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen

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Posted on 2017 Nov 21