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Bessie Alma Robinson Pippen Marshall passed peacefully from this earth on Saturday, June 29, 2024.


Bessie Alma joins many of her family and friends in Heaven who have gone on before her. She was blessed with a long fulfilling life of 104 years.


Bessie Alma was born in Coffeeville, Alabama on September 15, 1919, to Malcolm Henry Robinson and Audrey Ross Deas Robinson. She was the oldest of 9 children - six girls: Bessie Alma, Lucy Pike, Jaurine Clark, Martha LaFranco, Frankie Trezza, and Maggie Turner and three boys: Lionel Robinson, Twillie Robinson, and Gatha Robinson.   


Bessie Alma is preceded in death by her mother and father, all her siblings, her beloved husband of 44 years, Walter F. “Buddy” Marshall, as well as her dear friends “Chums.”


Bessie Alma was a wonderful mother and stepmother and was loved dearly by her son Larry (Susie) Pippen, daughter Jennifer (John) Brown, and stepsons, Victor (Beth) Marshall and Lindsey (Sunja) Marshall. She cherished her grandchildren Lawrence (Wendy) Pippen, Lynne (Brian) Walters, Jenny (Magnus) Näslund, Jaime (Gabe) Jackson, and her many beloved great grandchildren Landon Pippen, Wesley Pippen, Charlie Evans, Jenna Pippen, Ruthie Jackson, Gabe Jackson Jr., and Rachel Jackson, as well as many step-grandchildren and great grandchildren, special nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews, who were all very dear to her.


Bessie Alma was a person of great talent, resource, perseverance and determination. In 1938, she graduated from Coffeeville High School. After graduation, she was accepted to a teaching program at Livingston State Teachers College where she received her teaching certificate in 1940. She received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Florida State University in 1953. She was a teacher for over 40 years, and after retirement, continued to serve as a testing administrator and as a substitute teacher. Besides her love of teaching, she had a great passion for travel and all things art related. She loved all flowers and was a garden club lifetime member. She was also a ceramics club member and painting club member. She enjoyed crochet and quilting. She handmade baby blankets and clothes for all of her grandchildren, painted beautiful paintings and made beautiful ceramic pieces for friends and family.


She was a longtime and involved member of New Hope Methodist Church. She sought to live out her favorite Bible verse, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Thy Sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer,” Psalm 19:14, even through times of adversity. To the very end, she trusted the Lord with her life. Truly, her hope was in Jesus Christ and the promise of eternal life with Him.


The family would like to thank her nurses and caregivers for the past several years at Gentiva Hospice Cullman - Lauren, Jackie, Jennifer, Brandon as well as those who cared for her in her last days from Washington Rehabilitation and Nursing Center - Ken and Deanna and from Emerald Coast Hospice - Donna, Taylor, Charles and many others.


In remembrance of Bessie Alma, you may donate to: New Hope Methodist Church, 4531 Highway 79, Vernon, Florida 32462, St. Jude Children’s Hospital,, or a charity of your choice.


A graveside service will be held 10:00 AM Tuesday, July 2, 2024, at New Hope Methodist Church Cemetery in Washington County Florida.  Peel Funeral Home and Bonifay Crematory in charge of the arrangements.



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