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Jan 26, 2007


MOUNT VERNON - Bessie Edith (Shelby) Hironimus, age 84, passed away on Friday, Jan. 26, 2007. She was the daughter of Jesse and Thursa Shelby and graduated from Poseyville High School.


Bessie was employed at Briggs in Evansville when she was a young woman. In 1946, she and her husband, Oscar "Poss" Hironimus opened Hironimus Food Center in Mount Vernon, where she continued in an active role until 1992. Bessie was a devoted wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother and friend to many.


She enjoyed her memberships at Bethesda General Baptist Church, Kitcheneers Home Economics Club, American Legion Auxiliary, Eagles Auxiliary, Moose Auxiliary, Poseyville High School Alumnus and a past member of the Business and Professional Women.


In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband "Poss" in 1975, two brothers, John and Vincent, her twin sister Jessie, sister Muriel, son-in-law Jerry Tomlinson and great-granddaughter Reid Tomlinson.


Bessie is survived by her daughters, Bonnie McKinnies and her husband, Chip, and Jill Kost and her husband, Mark; a brother, Harold Shelby and his wife, Clara, all of Mount Vernon. Also surviving are her grandchildren, Ken Wayne Tomlinson and wife, Jodie, of Westfield, Ind.; Mark Kost, of Conway, S.C.; and Nicole Buschemeyer and her husband, David, of Westfield, Ind. and a great-grandson, Lane Tomlinson, of Westfield, Ind.


Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2007, at Schneider Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, with Rev. Dallas Robinson officiating and burial in Bellefontaine Cemetery.


Friends may call at the funeral home from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 29, 2007, and from noon until service time Tuesday.


The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to Dr. James Rice, the staff at Mount Vernon Nursing and Rehab and the staff at Vista Care Hospice for their loving care and concern of our precious loved one.


Those desiring may make contributions in Bessie's name may be made to the Vista Care Foundation.


Published in the Courier Press on 1⁄28⁄2007. 


Originally submitted by Betty Sellers