Bessie Mae (Murphy) Sarjent

Jan. 9, 1916-June 29, 2020


Bessie Mae (Murphy) Sarjent, 104, of Crawfordsville passed away Monday, June 29, 2020, at Wellbrooke of Crawfordsville.

She was born Jan. 9, 1916, in Menifee County, Kentucky, to the late John Fleming and Susie Belle (Martin) Murphy.

Bessie attended Menifee County Kentucky Schools and on Nov. 8, 1930, at Frenchburg, Kentucky, she married Oliver C. Suiter, who preceded her in death June 6, 1991. On Nov. 17, 1995, at Roachdale, she married Warren Sarjent, who preceded her in death May 11, 2014. She was the sales clerk at the Squire Shop for 18 years. She was a member of the Roachdale Baptist Church and was a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority for more than 54 years, started the sorority chapter in Roachdale, and was voted Woman of the Year three times.

She is survived by son Robert (Vallis) Suiter; adopted son Kenneth (JoAnn) Eugene Murphy; daughter-in-law Nancy Suiter; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her two husbands, Oliver Suiter and Warren Sarjent; two sons, William Fleming Suiter and Martin Clay Suiter; five brothers, Garnet, James, Henry, Robert and Donald; two sisters, Elizabeth and Isabelle; and grandson Brian Suiter.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. Thursday, July 2 until the time of the funeral service at 1 p.m. at Sanders Priebe Funeral Care, 315 S. Washington St., Crawfordsville. The Revs. Kenneth Murphy and Shannon Ivers will officiate. Burial will follow at Ladoga Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be given to the Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County, 1104 Big Four Arch Road, Crawfordsville, IN 47933.

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