Mary “Bess” Walters
December 19, 1929 - August 24, 2023

Mary ‘Bess’ (Weyant) Walters passed away quietly, after a brief illness, at 1:50 a.m. on August 24, 2023, at the age of 93. She was an adored mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, great-aunt and friend. She was born on December 19, 1929, in Celina, Ohio, and graduated from Celina High School. She married Ivan M. Walters, from Van Wert, Ohio, on November 7, 1948, and was happily married to him until his death on April 19, 2012. She had three siblings; James Weyant, Vivian (Weyant) Harmon, and Elnora (Weyant) Cisco, all who pre-deceased her; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She is survived by her children – son, Raymond ‘Dean’ Walters (wife, Sandy) of Fort Myers, FL, and daughter, Susan Bielamowicz (husband, Tom) of Wesley Chapel, FL; her grandchildren, Graham Walters Bielamowicz (wife, Jillian) and Ross Eugene Bielamowicz, and adopted granddaughter, Lina Lindenblad (husband, John); and her great-grandchildren, Addison Grace Bielamowicz, Audrey Ann Bielamowicz, Lily Skye Lindenblad, and Ella Joy Lindenblad.

During high school, she worked in a local Celina, Ohio, drug store, and became the pharmacist’s assistant. After her marriage, she worked with her husband who managed Clarks Shoe Store in Portland, Indiana. When her children were in high school, she began working at McGraw Hill Publishing Company in St. Louis, MO, and became the publisher’s personal assistant. Later, she and Ivan were co-owners in a leased shoe department in Coplon’s Department Store in Charlotte, NC, and later they owned a Pappagallo Concept Store (B&I Shoes) in Southpark Mall in Charlotte, where she was the clothing and accessories buyer.

Bess was dedicated to her family, and never met a child who didn’t want to run up and sit in her lap. She was always interested in what you were doing, and how you were feeling. She loved to play cards and especially loved to laugh. She bowled and played tennis when she was younger, and watched every tennis match on TV that she could find for the rest of her life. She also developed an amazing self-taught talent as a painter throughout her life, many of which she gave away to family and friends.

Plans for a combined celebration of life and family reunion are being discussed and will be announced at a future date.

She will be missed.

Coastal Cremations and Funeral Care of Zephyrhills, Florida, will be serving the family.

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