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May 2, 1953   

Mrs Bessie West Wallace, 70, a highly respected Black township rural woman and the wife of Albert C. Wallace, prominent farmer, died unexpectedly at 9:35 a.m. today at the Wallace home on the Copperline road north of Mt. Vernon.


She had been ill of asthma and a complicating heart ailment for several years, but became acutely sick only about three hours prior to her demise.


Mrs. Wallace was a native of White county, Ill., a daughter of Alonzo and Viola West, but had spent the greater part of her life in Posey county in the one neighborhood.


She was a member of Mt. Pleasant General Baptist (Miller) Church and of the Ladies' Aid and Missionary Society of the church.  Until her health failed she had been active in church work.


The body is at the Weisinger Funeral Home, pending the completion of funeral arrangement.  (She was buried at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.)


Surviving, in addition to the husband, are two daughters, Mrs. Floyd Redman, a secretary in the legal office of Clement & Mc Clean, and Mrs. Winfred Kissick, both of the Mt. Vernon community; two sons, Woman Wallace a farmer and Black township justice of the peace and Alfred J. (Josh) Wallace, a U.S. Army major in World War II  who is now a Mt. Vernon city mail carrier; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild; a sister, Mrs. Herschel Knight, of near Mt. Vernon, and a brother Rev. Walter West, Evansville.


Originally submitted by Betty Sellers