Bessie I. Rench


Bessie I. Rench, age 88 of Mulberry Grove, Illinois, passed away at her home surrounded by her family at 8:29 a.m. Sunday, March 13, 2016.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 16, at the Mulberry Grove Church of Christ with Darryl Bolen and Randy Whitehead officiating. Interment will follow in Noffsinger Cemetery. Visitation will be held Tuesday from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Mulberry Grove, Illinois. For those who desire, memorials may be made to the Mulberry Grove Church of Christ or Bond County Hospice.

Bessie Irene Kelley, the daughter of Sidney Monroe Kelley and Maude Elizabeth Beanblossom Kelley, was born September 1, 1927 in Vandalia, Illinois. She was raised on the farm Northeast of Mulberry Grove North of Old Park and attended one room schools graduating from Mulberry Grove High School.

Bessie and Frank Jennings Rench were united in marriage on April 23, 1943 in St. Charles, Missouri. They enjoyed 56 years together before his passing on March 11, 2000. She is survived by their children: Janet M. (Ken) Scoggins of Mulberry Grove, IL, Candice K. Widger and husband Russ of Mulberry Grove, IL, 8 grandchildren: Karen (Rex) Anthony, Kathy Rench, Darin Rench, Mike (Michelle) Rench, Rick (Lisa) Scoggins, Rusty (Angie) Scoggins, Matyka (David) Koonce, Matonia (Jamie Blagg) Widger, 16 great-grandchildren: Megan Rench, McKenzie Rench, Katie Anthony , Rob (Shelia Bradstreet) Lutz, Christy (Nic) Zeller, Jesse Anthony , Kaylee (Dave) Wilson, Lauren Scoggins, Kaleb Scoggins, Zack Richardson, Nathan Richardson, Heather Richardson, Keith (Jessie) Scoggins, Kenton who died at the age of 6, Drew (Bridget Leadbetter) Koonce, Jenna Koonce, Caitlin Blagg, 12 great-great-grandchildren: Braden, Karley, Colin, Gavin, Dylan, Emma, Ava, Nora, Khloe, Blake, Carter, and Rilee.

Bessie is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Frank, their son Merle T. Rench on April 19, 2015 and their great-grand son Kenton Jon Scoggins age 6. Bessie is the last of her generation of 11 Kelley children, being preceded in death by Helen Sexton, Fern Roesselet, Loyd Kelley, Harold Kelley, Merle Kelley, and 5 brothers and sister in infancy.

Bessie and Frank lived on the farm south of Mulberry Grove early in life then near Pleasant Mound, Mulberry Grove, Greenville, Vandalia where Frank worked for Farm Service. They moved to Jerseyville in 1954 with Jersey Grain Company, in 1963 to Hinsdale, Downers Grove, Morton with Illinois Grain Corporation, then in 1967 back to Mulberry Grove where they opened Midwest Commodities in 1968 which they co-owned and operated with Bessie as book keeper until 2002.

Bessie is a member of the Mulberry Grove Red Hat Lunch Bunch, and a member of the Mulberry Grove Church of Christ.

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