Bessie Mae Barnett
Bessie Mae Barnett
  • January 12, 1931 - October 14, 2017
  • San Antonio, Texas

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Bessie Mae Barnett, 86, passed from this life on Oct. 14, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas.
Bess was born in Texarkana, Texas, on Jan. 12, 1931 to Margaret and Thurman Fish. She graduated from Texas High in Texarkana and continued her education to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree from Texas State College for Women and a Master's Degree in Education from East Texas State University.
Bess moved to Midland in 1961 and taught first grade at Lamar Elementary School until her retirement in 1986. She enjoyed gardening, birdwatching and anything related to nature. She joined Christ Presbyterian Church (now Grace Presbyterian) in 1961 and was an active member serving as an elder and Sunday School teacher. She particularly enjoyed Bible study with her church friends.
She joined the educational sorority National Kappa Kappa Iota, Delta State Texas, Beta Pi Chapter in 1971 and was active until her move to San Antonio to be closer to her daughter, granddaughter and great-grandsons.
Bess was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Thurman Fish, and her son, Ken Barnett.
She is survived by her daughter Margaret Erickson; son-in-law Richard Erickson; granddaughter Elizabeth Jordan and husband Brian Contine; great grandsons Oliver and Henry Contine; sister-in-law Diana Fish; cousin Audrey Brooks and numerous cousins and friends in Midland.
Visitation will be held 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19 at Ellis Funeral Home. The graveside service will be Friday, Oct. 20 at 1 p.m. at Resthaven Memorial Park. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. at Grace Presbyterian Church with Reverend Cheryl Homsher officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Grace Presbyterian Church, 2801 North Garfield, Midland, Texas 79705.