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Bessie R. Cornwell
Obituary for
Bessie R. Cornwell
Submitted by: Bob Chada


© The Guthrie News Leader
Thursday, March 20, 2003

Services for Bessie Rebecca Cornwell, 101, formerly of Guthrie, are set for 2 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at the Memorial Christian Church in Oklahoma City under the direction of Smith Funeral Home of Guthrie with burial following in the Cashion Cemetery in Cashion.
Bessie was born March 21, 1901 on the farm homesteaded by her father in 1889 in Logan County, Oklahoma Territory, near Cashion. She was the fourth of six children of George and Sarah (Hatfield) Hammond. She died March 19, 2003 at her home in Oklahoma City.
She married Thomas N. Cornwell March 25, 1925, and they farmed and raised their three children in Logan County. In 1947 they moved to Guthrie, where they remained until after Tom's death. Bessie had made her home in Oklahoma City since 1988.
During her lifetime, she watched the building of the railroad to Cashion, attended Labell School in the schoolhouse built by her father, taught school at Lockridge, worked in a Guthrie tobacco company rolling cigars, worked the telephone switchboard at Cashion, cooked for harvest crews and was instrumental in seeing her famuily through the Great Depression. She witnessed many firsts and was keenly attuned to world events and and her beloved "Cowpokes".
She was honored as an Original Pioneer by the First Families of the Twin Territories and was inducted into the Centenarian Club of Oklahoma in 2001. She held membership in the Order of Eastern Star for 84 years (Areme Chapter, Cashion), the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 216, the Sooner State Iris Club, the Logan County Historical Society and the 1889er Society. She was a lifelong member of the Christian CHurch (Disciples of Christ) in Cashion, Guthrie and most recently, Memorial Christian Church in Oklahoma City. She previously served as Sunday School teacher and deaconess. Her hobbies included sewing and gardening and she was especially known for her prize-winning irises.
She was preceded in death by her son, Donald A. Cornwell and her daughter-in-law Bonnie, (Mrs. R. W.) Cornwell.
Survivors include her daughter June and son-in-law Joe Stone of Oklahoma City, son R. Warren Cornwell of Westcliffe, Colo., and daughter-in-law Dorothy (Mrs. Donald A.) Cornwell of Midewst City; sister-in-law Jessie Lee Cornwell, numerous nieces and nephews, grandchildren Billie Stone Fogarty, Joe G. Stone, Michael Cornwell, Shelley Cornwell Kerbo, Kim Cornwell Bothel, Christa Cornwell Price, Alan Cornwell and Jana Cornwell Lucht; 13 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great grandchildren.
Friends may call at the Smith Funeral Home Friday from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.


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