She was born July 8, 1920 in Joppa, daughter of the late Albert and Hazel Johnson.
Bessie was affectionately known as “Grandma Betty.” She worked a variety of occupations during her life.
During World War II, she worked in a weapons factory in St Louis, a seamstress, a model for a clothing shop in Chicago, repaired dolls in a “doll hospital” and other various occupations.
She enjoyed traveling, cooking, sharing recipes and being with family.
Survivors include three daughters, Peggy Parker and husband Russell of Villa Ridge, Carolyn Woods and husband Jerry of Jackson, Mo. and Cheryl Cetnar of Phoenix, Ariz.; five grandchildren, Gary Woods and wife Judy of Fredericksburg, Va., Charles Woods and wife Pam of the Chicago area, Jerry Woods II and wife Donna of Festus, Mo., Ginny Severs and husband John of Pulaski and Peggy Jones and husband Bryan of Phoenix; one nephew, Kevin Theos and wife Amy of Birmingham, Ala.; and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, William Schoen and Walter Smith; and two sisters.
Graveside service was held Sunday at IOOF Cemetery in Metropolis with Rev. Mike Duncan officiating.
Memorials may be made to Daystar Care Center, 2001 Cedar Street, Cairo, IL 62914.
Aikins-Farmer Funeral Home of Metropolis was in charge of the arrangements.