Traverse City Record-Eagle


September 24, 2013

Bessie Frances Challender Died Sept. 21, 2013

WILLIAMSBURG — Bessie Frances Challender, 75, of Williamsburg, died Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013. Cremation will take place.

Bessie is survived by her children, Michael (Carolyn) Challender of Toledo, Ohio, Rodney (Maria) Challender of Williamsburg and Dorrie (Jamie) Challender of Interlochen; grandchildren, Alisha, Alex (Briana), Arielle, Allison and Samuel; great-grandchildren, Ethan, Blaise and Mason; sisters, Dorothy (Ivan) Conger of Owosso and Lilah (Bob) Axline of Tennessee; and a brother, Keith Stanton of Thompsonville.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Challender, who died on June 10, 2013; her parents; two brothers; and several aunts and uncles.

A Memorial Service will be held 11 a.m., Friday, Sept. 27, at the Elk Rapids Baptist Church, where the family will greet friends one hour prior. Burial will be in Yuba Cemetery with her husband, Harold. Please visit Bessie’s webpage at to sign the guest book and share a message or memory with her family.

The family chose Life Story Funeral Home, Traverse City, to handle the services.

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