Person:Bessie Dupuy (1)

Bessie Dupuy
d.11 Oct 1996 Pella, Iowa
m. abt 1899
  1. Florence Dupuy1900 - 1981
  2. John Dupuy1901 - 1985
  3. Albert Dupuy1902 - 1978
  4. Mabel Dupuy1904 - 1992
  5. Pearl Dupuy1906 - 2002
  6. Bessie Dupuy1907 - 1996
  7. Mildred Dupuy1909 - 2007
  8. William Dupuy1911 - 1982
  9. Edward Dupuy1913 - 1977
  10. Nellie Dupuy1914 - 1931
  11. Willard Dupuy1917 - 1917
  12. Dorothy Dupuy1918 - 1918
m. 2 Oct 1924
  1. Living McLuen1928 -
  2. Helen Ruth McLuen1935 - 1984
Facts and Events
Name Bessie Dupuy
Gender Female
Birth[2] 19 Apr 1907 Glendon, Guthrie, Iowa, United States
Marriage 2 Oct 1924 to John Albert McLuen
Death[2] 11 Oct 1996 Pella, Iowa
Burial[1] 15 Oct 1996 Morrisburg Cemetery
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Obit.--Pearl Kirlin, sister of Bessie McLuen died December 25, 2002 at the age of 96 at the Community Care Center in Stuart. Services were held at the Stuart-Mt. Vernon UMC. Interment was at South Oak Grove Cemetery . Gertrude Pearl was born on March 8, 1906 to William and Martha Hilsbeck Dupuy on the farm in Guthrie County. She attended schools in Guthrie Center. On April 29, 1925 she married Omer Ivan Kirlin at the Methodist parsonage in Stuart. They had four children, Harold, Leroy, Velma and Mary.

  1. Terwilliger, Wilma. McLuen Family Notes.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Mrs. Bessie H. McLuen, in Obit, 15 Oct 96, Primary quality.

    Bessie Helen Dupuy was born on April 19, 1907 in Glendon, Iowa. She was one of a dozen children born to William and Martha Helsabeck Dupuy. Bessie spent her childhood days in the Glendon and Menlo Iowa areas. On October 2, 1924, she was united in marriage at the age of 17 1/2 years to John Albert McLuen. John had two sons from a previous marriage, Wayne and Donald, one of whom was 16 years of age at the time of their marriage. Bessie and John had two daughters of their own, Mona and Helen Ruth. Following their marriage, they farmed in the Dale City, Iowa area until John became manager of the Guthrie Center, Iowa Rural Electric Cooperative. At the same time, Bessie also worked there teaching home economics classes, and had other part time jobs working in a funeral home and for a nursery. After John passed away, Bessie took on many challenges like building her own home, being a restaurant cook in Creston, Iowa, and being a house mother at a Simpson College sorority in Indianola, Iowa. Then in the early 1970's Bessie settled in Pella, Iowa, supposedly to retire and be near her daughter, Mickey, and her husband, Tom Downing. However, instead of retiring she went right back to work being a home health aide. Bessie faithfully served several Pella families in this capacity as work was a regular part of her daily life. "Bess" enjoyed bowling and being an active member of the United Methodist Church, but was best known as "the lady who kept Pella clean". For the past eight months, she has been cared for at the Westview Care Center in Indianola, Iowa, where she passed away Friday afternoon, October 11, 1996 at the age of 89 years, five months and 22 days. Bessie is survived by her daughter, Mona Sellman of Guthrie Center, Iowa; her two step-daughters-in-law: Mildred McLuen of Minnesota and Darlene McLuen of Stuart Iowa; a son-in-law, Larry E. Hoksbergen of Pella, Iowa; four grandchildren, Nick, Pam and Jolene (Sellman), Kelly (Downing); seven step-grandchildren; and several great and great-great grandchildren. Of her original family, of which was the seventh, Bessie leaves two sisters: Mildred Cline and Pearl Kirlin, a host of nieces and nephew and numerous other relatives an dear friends. Bessie was preceded in death besides her husband, John, by her daughter, Mickey (Downing) Hoksbergen; a son-in-law, Thomas A. Downing, her grandson, John T. Downing, her two step-sons, Wayne E. and Donald R. McLuen; five brothers, John, Albert, Harmon, Ed and Willard Dupuy, and four sisters, Nellie and Dorothy Dupuy, who died during childhood; Florence Mains and Mabel McIntire. Bessie enjoyed playing the organ, loved kids and thoroughly enjoyed Pella's Tulip Time. She never knew a stranger. Bessie's life was complete with the exception of completing her book entitled "one of a dozen."