Sara Frances Bessellieu

June 2, 1934 - December 30, 2019

Sara Frances Bessellieu of Redlands, California formerly of Plano, Texas passed away December 30, 2019 at the age of 85.  She was born on June 2, 1934 to Albert Claude Tolbert, Sr. and Gladys Inez (Hutchinson) Tolbert in Smyrna, Tennessee.  Sara married Melville P. Bessellieu, Sr. on June 23, 1950 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  She was a member of Cross Bend Christian Church in Plano, Texas. 

Sara is survived by her sons, Melville Bessellieu, Jr. and Robert Bessellieu; daughters, Bobbie E. Skelton and Denise Wood; 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Melville Bessellieu, Sr.; parents, Albert and Gladys Tolbert; son, David Alan Bessellieu, Sr.; brothers, Howard C. Tolbert, Albert C. Tolbert, Jr. and Robert L. Tolbert; sisters, Peggy J. Williamson, Mary E. Merritt and Helen Wood; and granddaughter, Kimberly Stiles

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, January 13, 2019 at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home Chapel, 2525 Central Expressway North, Allen, Texas 75013. Interment is to follow at Ridgeview Memorial Park in Allen, Texas. The family will receive friends during a visitation Sunday evening from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.



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I worked side by side for 16 years with Sara. She was like a mother to me. She was the most giving person I have ever known. Giving was what made her happy. She took very good care of her family and loved them all. She has known heartache and happiness. When you were around her, you could not tell the difference. She never let heartache get her down. She is with her beloved Mel and David now. The world has lost a great human being. Sara, go rest now. You deserve it. Please know that I have always loved you and you will continue to live on in my memories. Bobbie, you went above and beyond in taking care of your mother. Much love to all the family! Kay King-Allen, January 11, 2020