Bessie Butler

Bessie Aileen Bartholomew Van Nice Butler of Gas, whose death Tuesday and funeral services were published in Wednesday’s Register, was born May 7, 1930, in Chanute, the daughter of Fred Earl and Katherine Louise Rapp Bartholomew.
On Sept. 1, 1947, she married George Curtis Van Nice. They lived in Humboldt for many years.
She was a member of Sunflower No. 147 Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, American Legion Auxiliary, Boerstler-May Post No. 170, Chanute, was active in American Legion supporting projects and in the Humboldt school system when her children were young.
She was chosen Humboldt’s “Mother of the Year” in 1972.
She is survived by six sons, Clifford and his wife, Merrily, Georgetown, Texas, John and his wife, Christy, and Michael and his wife, Diana, Lenexa, Fred and his wife, Heidi, Waterford, Wis., Robert, Gas, and Jesse and his wife, Sheila, Iola; three daughters, Una McElhany and her husband, Jerry, Miami, Okla., Jewel Barney and her husband, Jerry, Humboldt, and Deborah Van Nice, Gas; a sister, Betty Bartholomew Scott, Chanute; 28 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.
Her two husbands, Curtis Van Nice and Walter A. (Buddy) Butler, two daughters, Dizera Louise Van Nice and Elisa Christine Van Nice Anderson, and numerous brothers and sisters died earlier.
Memorials to American Legion may be left with at Penwell-Gabel Gibson Chapel, Chanute, which is in charge of arrangements. To leave a message for the family online visit