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Bessie White

On July 24, 2013 after a wonderful vacation visiting with family and friends, on our way home and stopping in Moriarty, New Mexico, our beloved mother peacefully went home to be with our Lord. Our mother was born on November 27, 1926 in Ursula, Arkansas to William and Minnie Harris. She devoted her lifetime to her husband and family. In 1959 she and her husband, Sam, founded the Cuyama Assembly of God church in Cuyama, California and they pastored there for 45 years. She continued to worship there until her death.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Rev. Sam White; her daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Mike Vinson; brother, Ralph Harris; and sister Lucy Olds. Mrs. White is survived by her children and their spouses, Tom and Charlene White, Becky and Mike Long and Billy and Teri White; seven grandchildren and their spouses; numerous great-grandchildren; sister and her husband, Dorothy and Bob Tucker; brothers-in-law, Bob Olds and J.D. White and his wife, Pat; sister-in-law, Reba Dalke; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mom’s heart was her church, Cuyama Assembly of God; therefore, in lieu of flowers please make a donation to her church.

A funeral service was held on Monday, July 29, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. at First Assembly of God in Taft. Interment followed in the West Side District Cemetery.

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