Mary Russell Bess

August 18, 1932 - October 23, 2023

08/18/1932 - 10/23/2023

Past Services

Thursday November 02, 2023
12:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Southside Chapel
5033 Rouse Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
(757) 422-4000 | Directions

Mary Russell Bess, 91, of Chesapeake, Virginia, passed away on Monday, October 23rd, 2023 surrounded by her loving family. Mary was born in Norfolk, Virginia, on August 18th, 1932 to Vance and Maddie Russell. She was a graduate of Norview High School in Norfolk, Virginia.

Mary was married to the love of her life, Ervin Leon Bess for 48 years. Their union brought fourth three children, Edmond Leon Bess, Debra Lynn Bess, and Kimberly Marie Bess. Mary’s family meant everything to her. In her spare time, she enjoyed bowling, playing hand and foot canasta with the girls, going to luncheons, and most of all traveling to Carova Beach to spend time with her friends and family. Mary worked for the Verizon telephone company and retired after 30 years. She later worked for American Greetings which she grew to love well into her 70s.

In addition to being predeceased by her parents, Mary was predeceased by her husband, Ervin, her daughter, Debra, and her grandson, Jason W. Bess. Left to cherish her memory are her son Edmond L. Bess (Wife Pamela) and her daughter Kimberly B. Meinberg (Husband Roy). She is also survived by her Grandchildren; Tomora C. Woolard (Dewayne), Erick L. Bess (Dawn), Tavern C. Meinberg (Alesa), Amber B. Joyal (Aaron), Heather M. Sprayberry (Jason), Nicole R. Cadenhead (Chad); Great Grandkids; Kamdon J. Meinberg, Kielee R. Meinberg, Karl R. Meinberg, Kash DE. Meinberg, Coedy T. Bess, Ty A. Woolard, Madison J. Woolard, Savannah L. Joyal, Summer R. Cadenhead, Taylor M. Joyal, Ervin G. Sprayberry, Dean H. Cadenhead, Winter R. Sprayberry, Charlene R. Cadenhead, and a host of cousins and loving friends.

A memorial service will be held at 12:00 pm on Thursday, November 2nd, 2023 at The Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5033 Rouse Dr. in Virginia Beach led by Officiant Dewayne D. Woolard. In lieu of flowers, please visit to make donations to The American Cancer Society in Mary’s honor.

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Jackie Evans
3 months ago

Eddie & Kim I am so sorry to hear about your mom passing .Many fond memories growing up on Kennebeck ave.& your mom’s 65 Mustang. Peace and Love to you and your family.

Debbie Carlisle
3 months ago

We are so very sorry for your loss. Prayers and sincere thoughts always, Ricky and Debbie

Nora J. Musgrove
3 months ago

Eddie, Kim and family. I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom. She will be at the side of her loved ones. May Our Lord God comfort you during this time of grief.

Cheryl Savage
3 months ago

Dear Eddie, Kim & family, sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. I have fond memories of your mom. Take comfort that she is in heaven & with our Lord and your dad, Debbie & other love ones, Sincerely your cousin, Cheryl Williams Savage