Bessie Jean Rathbun
Bessie Jean Rathbun
  • April 15, 1947 - July 16, 2015
  • Manito, Illinois

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Bessie J. Rathbun, age 68, of Manito, passed away Thursday July 16, 2015 at 10:49 p.m. at Pekin Hospital.

She was born April 15, 1947 in Roanoke, West Virginia to Robert C. and Edna Rose Stewart. She was raised by her adoptive parents, Dan and Nettie Markham. She married Roger Rathbun April 15, 1967 in Peoria. He passed away October 3, 2002 in Peoria. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her adoptive parents, and one brother, Dan Robert Markham.

Survivors include one son, Jason Rathbun of Manito; two grandsons: Isaak and Jeremiah Rathbun of Manito; one sister, Sally Dowell of Peoria; two brothers: Ted and Terry Markham of Eureka; and her longtime companion, John Horn of Manito.

Bessie worked for many years in retail stores in the Peoria area. She was a Photo Lab Technician at the time of her retirement.

Visitation will be Thursday July 23, 2015 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Davison-Fulton Woolsey Funeral Home in Pekin. Cremation rites will be accorded following the services.

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