Bessie “Betty” Jean Dunson

September 21, 1928 – Monday, February 7, 2023

Bessie “Betty” Jean Dunson, 94, of Anderson, passed away on Monday, February 7, 2023, at her residence following an extended illness.

She was born on September 21, 1928, in East Saint Louis, Illinois to Roger and Bessie (Reeder) Brooks.

She was a graduate of Anderson High School. She retired from Delco Remy Division of General Motors after 30 years of employment.

She was a member of Main Street Church of God. She enjoyed painting, crafting, scrapbooking, sewing, crocheting, and playing cards. She loved to play bass guitar. She sang with the USO.

She was president of the Young Democrats Club. She was a lifelong supporter of the union and the Democratic party. She volunteered at St. Vincent Anderson Surgery Center.

Bessie is survived by three children, Dennis (Myra) Neff of Anderson, Tammy Smith of Anderson and Teresa Hopper of Sharpsville; four grandchildren, Franklin (Simone) Smith Jr. of Germany, Selenia (Ozzie Velasquez)) Smith, Amy (Joshua) Bair and Daniel Smith; six great-grandchildren, Dustin, Hailey, Tabea, Charleen, Jake and Alexandra; and four great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hobert “Cliff” Dunson; two sons, James Hopper and Darrell Neff; her parents; a son-in-law, Franklin Smith; sisters, June, Louise and Donna; and a brother, Roger.

A memorial service will be held at 12:00 PM on Saturday, March 4, 2023, at Hersberger-Bozell Funeral Home, 1010 North Main Street, Lapel, Indiana 46051 with Pastor Don Billey officiating.

Visitation will be from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Main Street Church of God, 4211 Main Street, Anderson, Indiana 46013. Online condolences may be shared at