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Nov. 10, 1939 to March 30, 2018 - Longtime Estacada resident Velda Bess, died at her homewith her family by her side.

Velda Mathes BessLongtime Estacada resident, Velda Bess, died at her home

with her family by her side on

Friday, March 30, 2018. She

was 78.

A celebration of her life was

held Friday, April 6, 2018 at

Estacada Funeral Chapel.

She was born November

10, 1939 to Florence and

Walter Mathes in Flag Pond

Tennessee. She was the sixth of

nine children.

In 1965, Velda met and married John Bess from

Estacada. Together they raised five children. They

spent over 50 years happily married, enjoying their

children and grandchildren.

Velda was preceded in death by her parents, brother,

Ralph and son, Bill. She is survived by her husband

John; daughters, Karen Ricci (Louie) of Estacada

Brandi Clark (Russell) of Bozeman, Montana; sons,

Rick Perry of LaGrande, Jeff Bess (Michele) of

Estacada; seventeen grandchildren and fourteen great

grandchildren.

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