Woodward, Okla. - Bessie I. Gonser, 72, went to be with her Lord on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at the Woodward Regional Hospital. Graveside funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 7, 2012 in the Curtis Cemetery with the Reverend Clyde Irving officiating. Burial will follow with the Billings Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be held on Monday from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and also on the day of the service from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
Bessie Irene (Rutledge) Gonser was born on September 12, 1939 to George Monroe and Gladys Faye (Griffith) Rutledge north of Mooreland, Oklahoma. Besssie attended Mooreland schools. She was married at a young age to LaVern "Bud" Gonser. Seven years after they were married they started their family of seven.
Bessie went to work for Western State Hospital in 1960 as a Psychiatric Aide. She and Bud worked together at Western State until her retirement in 1980. Bessie enjoyed crocheting, puzzles and spending time with her kids, grandkids, and great-grandbabies who will all miss her dearly.
She is survived by her children, Jerry Gonser and wife Karla, Mike Gonser and wife Carol, Diana Tribout, Ashley Kughn and husband Mark, Leslie Miller and husband Mark; grandchildren, Tammy Gharet and husband Lance, Wesley Stanley and wife Leah, Elsie Smith and husband Todd, Michael Gonser Jr, Tyler Gonser and wife Natasha, Julie and Megan Miller, Jacob, John, and Joshua Kughn and five great-grandchildren, Warren, Lexi, Lissa, Promise and Eli; other relatives and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband Bud Gonser in 2005, her parents, George and Faye Rutledge, sister Melba Felber and husband Chet, brother Wayne Rutledge, son-in-law, Roger Tribout and a great-granddaughter Serenity.
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