Bessie Jean Hollingsworth was born June 5, 1923 in Hayesville, Iowa the daughter of Henry F and Bessie (Chase) Wilkening. On August 21, 1940 Bessie was united in marriage to Leonard Doyle "Johnnie" Hollingsworth in Lancaster, MO. In 1942 they moved to the farm east of North English and farmed for 66 years. Bessie was a devoted farm wife and worked for Evans Photography. She was a member of the Union Busy Bees and a 4H Leader. She enjoyed taking care of people, canning, gardening, sewing and collecting obituaries. Bessie died on Friday, November 19, 2021 at the English Valley Care Center in North English at the age of 98 years.
She is survived by her children Gary (Brenda) Hollinsworth of Coralville, Kathy (Sid) Moore of South English and Jayne (Joel) Love of Reinbeck; 10 grandchildren: Mark Hollingsworth of Los Angeles, CA, Mandy Hollingsworth of Coralville, Matthew Hollingsworth of Centennial, CO, Brad Moore of South English, Brent (Brooke) Moore of Atkins, Brian (Katie) Moore of Altoona, Brock (Danielle) Moore of Kalona, B.J. (Erica) Love of Houston, TX, Jonathan (Jessie) Love of Reinbeck and Geoffrey (Morgan) Love of Waukee; 14 great grandchildren Shay (Bethany), Lexie & Clayton Moore, Grace & Jack Hollingsworth, Bailey Alderson, Brayden & Bowen Moore, Cody, Karsyn & Issac Moore, Ashton & Emmerson Moore and Fox Love; two great, great grandchildren Zion & Zephyr Moore; sister Belva Hollingsworth of Sigourney; sister-in-law Bernice Wilkening of Sigourney; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded by her parents, husband, siblings John Wilkening, Frances Leighton, Leslie Wilkening and Henrietta Green Vittetoe.