Martha Catherin Byrd Bessman, 92
March 14, 2014
Martha Catherin Byrd Bessman, 92, of Green Mountain, IA, passed away Sunday, March 9, 2014, at Westbrook Acres in Gladbrook, IA. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, March 14, 2014, at Chapel United Methodist Church, in rural Gladbrook, IA. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, March 13, 2014 at Anderson Funeral Homes, 405 W Main St., Marshalltown. A memorial has been established in her name. Online condolences may be sent to www.andersonfhs.com. Martha was born January 23, 1922 in Appleton City, MO to Harvet and Mabel (Hulse) Byrd. She lived there 3 weeks and then moved to Gladbrook for a short time and then to the family farm 3 miles northeast of Green Mountain. Martha graduated from Green Mountain High School in 1940. She attended Marshalltown Community college 1 year before entering nurses training at Evangelical Deaconess School of Nursing in Marshalltown. She graduated as a registered nurse in 1944. Martha was united in marriage to Zeal Bessman on June 29, 1947. They lived in the Wellsburg area until 1950 when they moved to the family farm northeast of Green Mountain. Four children were born to this union: Arlys Bessman Boyington, Rick , Ron and Bryon. In June 1985, Zeal and Martha moved to Green Mountain after retiring from the farm. Martha worked at Oakview Nursing Home in Conrad, IA for 21 and a half years; 8 years was spent as the director of nursing. She was a loyal member of the Chapel United Methodist Church, Chapel L.C.A, Vienna Homemakers and honorary member of the United Methodist Women. Martha will be missed by her daughter, Arlys (Ron) Boyington of rural Marshalltown, son, Rick Bessman of Green Mountain, son, Ron (June) Bessman of Gladbrook, Bryon (Pat) Bessman of rural Marshalltown, 6 grandchildren, Brenda (Doug) Egesdal, Aaron (Stef) Bessman, Dustin (Megan) Bessman, Angela Bessman, Chris (Nicole) Boyington and Jay Bessman, and 8 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Zeal and a grandson, Brandon Boyington.
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