Bessie Lou Van Meter

Bessie Lou Van Meter, 97, Burlingame, died Thursday, October 4, 2007, in a Topeka nursing home.

She was born October 26, 1909, at Axtel, Kansas, to James Winton and Luella Evans Fisher. She married Victor Oscar Van Meter, September 26, 1931. He died December 20, 1999. She was preceded in death her oldest daughter, Rutha Reavis, in July 2004 and a grandson, David Reavis, in August 2005. She also was preceded in death by three sisters, two brothers, a half-sister, and two sister-in-laws.

She is survived by two daughters, Wanda Placer, and husband Norman, Kalispell, Montana, and Betty Wilson, and husband Wayne, Torrance, California; her caregivers Layle and Isabelle Bengtson, Topeka, Kansas, six granddaughters, three grandsons, and 10 great grandchildren.

A funeral service will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, October 11, 2007, at the Schuyler Annex of the Burlingame Historical Museum. Burial will be in Wilmington Cemetery, south of Harveyville, Kansas. Mrs. Van Meter will lie in state one hour before service time Thursday at the Annex. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Midland Hospice or the American Cancer Society, and sent c/o Carey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 196, Burlingame, KS 66413.

From: The Topeka Capital-Journal - Topeke, Kansas.  October 9, 2007.


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