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Bessie Elaine Quaintance, age 75, of LaPlata, Missouri, died in her son’s home on October 9, 2008.
The daughter of James and Ola Rhoads, she was born on May 7, 1933 in Kirksville, Missouri. On October 1, 1954 she was married to Edmon Lowell Quaintance, who survives.
Bessie worked at McGraws, Florsheim Shoe Company (where she retired), and was a route carrier for Kirksville Daily Express. She spent her whole life on the farm in LaPlata. Bessie enjoyed collecting pens, watching car races, and spending time with her family.
Bessie is survived by her seven children; her daughters, Edith Quaintance and Florence Quaintance, both of Kirksville, MO, Crystal Hayes and husband, Ed, of Houston, MO, Regana Leckbee of Edina, MO, Regina McQueen and husband, Vince, of Novinger, MO, Priscilla Quaintance of Allerton, IA and a son, Miles Quaintance and wife, Hope, of Columbia, MO; thirteen grandchildren, Angel Cook and husband, Dan, Melissa Coffelt, Amanda Quaintance, Angela Courtney and husband, Jeff, Bud Hayes and wife, Rose, Heather Hayes, Samantha Parrish and husband, Ty, Ron Leckbee, Stacey Leckbee, Tara Gordon and husband, Matt, David McQueen, Kristina McQueen, and Gabe McQueen; three step-grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Joe Rhoads and wife, Loretta, Albert Rhoads and wife, Claressa, all of Kirksville, MO; and one sister, Mary Moyer and husband, Leland, of Atlanta, MO.
Bessie was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, Beulah Haas, and two grandchildren, David Michael McQueen and Karen Elizabeth McQueen.
At her request, the body has been cremated. A memorial service was held Saturday, October 11, 2008 at the Southside Baptist Church in Kirksville, MO. Pastor Aaron Rodgerson officiated the service.
Memorials in honor of Bessie Elaine Quaintance may be made to St. Jude’s Research Hospital online at