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Bessie (Munkres) King Gilliland

February 28, 1925 ~ July 16, 2022 (age 97)


Bessie Arlene Gilliland, age 97, passed away to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, July 16, 2022 at Willow Creek Assisted Living in Elizabethtown, KY where she was the longest tenured resident.


She was a member of Hodgenville United Methodist Church and was beloved by her community.  Prior to moving to Kentucky, Bessie lived in Salina, Kansas and was a member of the local Christian Church.  She volunteered for many years for the Meals on Wheels program as well as a local adult tutoring program in Salina.


Once in Kentucky, Bessie started volunteering at Hodgenville Elementary as a reading buddy to younger children.  She was a strong advocate for education and wanted to give back as much as she could.  She loved spending time with her friends and family and was also a member of the Red Hat Society. Her favorite activities included playing bridge, traveling, crossword puzzles, reading, watching sports and visiting family and friends.


Bessie was preceded in death by her parents, Chester and Cora Munkres of Kansas; her husband, Basil King of Kansas; second husband, Dr. Jim Gilliland of Kansas; her sister, Gladys Steele of California; her brother, George Munkres of Kansas; her half-brother, Charlie Matson of California and her youngest son, Bill King of Hodgenville, KY.


She is survived by her son, Benjamin (Susan) King of Council Grove, Kansas; her daughter, Becky Smith of Shawnee, Kansas; former daughter-in-law, Roxann King of Hodgenville, Kentucky; grandchildren, Dulcinea (Dallas) Rakestraw, Jake (Lori) King, Amanda (Jeff) Sullivan, Lucas (Crystal) Smith, Mitchell (Zola) Smith, Kate (Spencer) Boley, Caleb (Carrie) King and Kyle (Cecilia) King and great-grandchildren, Thatcher, Brynn, Emerson, Nicholas, Dayton, Jared, Owen, Marcus, Anastasiya, Addison, Leyton, Maddox, Hudson, Caroline, Savannah and Nova.


Bessie’s wishes were to be cremated and for her ashes to be placed with her youngest son, Bill in Kentucky and with her husband, Basil in Council Grove, Kansas. 


A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 30, at Magnolia Cemetery in Magnolia, KY.  A graveside service in Council Grove, Kansas will follow at a later date.


Bennett-Bertram Funeral Home in Hodgenville is in charge of the arrangements.

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Graveside Service
July 30, 2022

11:00 AM
Magnolia Cemetery
9460 New Jackson Highway
Magnolia, KY 42757

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