Mount Vernon News

Mount Vernon News
July 16, 2012 10:48 am EDT


MOUNT VERNON — Betty Adelaide (Pearrell) Jessup was called home by her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on July 13, 2012. Her final days were spent surrounded by family and friends.

She was born April 24, 1927, in Midlothian, Va., to the late David N. Pearrell and Cora Ligon Pearrell. Mrs. Jessup came to Mount Vernon in 1953 with her husband, Richard W. Jessup.

Mrs. Jessup touched many lives over the years with her smile and servant’s heart. She was head custodian for 40 years; first at Emmanuel Baptist Church and, then, at Faith Baptist Church where she is a charter member. She taught pre-K Sunday School at Emmanuel Baptist Church for 20 years and was a deaconess for many years. Mrs. Jessup was loved by many. She was adored by her family and will be greatly missed by all.

She is survived by her children, Judi Zolman of Mount Vernon, Carol Szerlip of Mount Vernon, Dick Jessup of Mount Vernon, Cherie (Kevin) Moore of Mount Vernon, Robin (Robert) Bolds of Dublin and Michael (Dawn) Jessup of Mount Vernon; 16 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; her sister, Francis (Jack) Weber of Boston, Mass.; and her brother, Thomas (Jean) Pearrell of Richmond, Va.

Besides her parents, Mrs. Jessup was preceded in death by her husband, Richard W. Jessup; her sister, Margaret Anne Dudley; her brother, Ronald Pearrell; and her son-in-law, Jeffrey Zolman.

Friends may call Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Faith Baptist Church, 8764 Martinsburg Road, Mount Vernon). Funeral services will be held Wednesday at the Faith Baptist Church, beginning at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Robert Bolds officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Faith Baptist Church, 8764 Martinsburg Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050; or Local Alzheimer’s Chapter, Northwest Ohio Chapter, 2500 N. Reynolds Road, Toledo, OH 43615.

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The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Betty Adelaide (Pearrell) Jessup.

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