Bessie Ramsey, a dry cleaning presser and mother of nine, died Thursday in Millard Fillmore Hospital after a long illness. She was 78.
Born Bessie Williams in Chipley, Ga., she attended Bright Star High School. She then lived in Chattanooga, Tenn., before moving to Buffalo in 1957.
She worked for High Park Cleaners and Richard's Dry Cleaners before retiring as head presser after 30 years in 1987. She also enjoyed playing bingo.
Mrs. Ramsey is survived by her husband, Roscoe; six daughters, Eva Jean Worrell of Atlanta, Margaret Akbar of LaGrange, Ga., Gloria Dean Ramsey of Rome, Ga., Betty Payne of Buffalo, Quincy Holder of Buffalo and Angie Hardy of Buffalo; three sons, John Williams of LaGrange, Ga., and Brendon and Clarence, both of Buffalo; three sisters, Mattie Pearl Babble and Dorothy Thrash, both of LaGrange, Ga., and Idell Burrow of Atlanta; one brother, Rufus Williams of Chattanooga, Tenn.; 24 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at noon Wednesday in Lombardo Funeral Home, 102 Linwood Ave., Buffalo. Burial will be in Forest Lawn.