In Memory: Bessie Houston


Bessie Houston

August 26, 1934–October 11, 2023


It is with heavy hearts, great sadness, yet spiritual joy we share the news of the passing of our beloved mother, Bessie Lee Houston. Mom passed away peacefully at home Wednesday, October 11th. As her children, we shared her final breath as she shared our first. Our mother was a devoted Christian, Educator, Singer, and Servant leader. A determined advocate for children and Chicago’s westside, she served as a Daycare Director for over 40 years at Marillac House Social Center, an Ambassador for United Way and a distinguished champion for social justice and change standing with leaders from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to President Barack Obama and countless other government, spiritual and national officials. Please join with us to celebrate the life of this incredible woman.

Celebration of Life Services will begin Friday October 20th with Bessie lying in State at Mt Sinai MB Church, 2841 W. Washington Blvd. 12-6pm. Afterwards a Memorial Gathering will be held at Marillac Social Center, 2859 W. Jackson Blvd 7-10pm. On Saturday, October 21st services begin with the wake at 10-12pm and funeral 12-2pm. Bessie will be interred Monday, October 23rd in Detroit Michigan at Gethsemane Cemetery at 12pm. All are welcome to each event. Please come and celebrate the life of this iconic and gifted woman.

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