Bessie May Lyness

Father: George Wesley Lyness (September 8, 1959-November 18, 1899)

Mother: Hannah Jane Shiremen (March 5, 1863-August 1, 1933)

Born 2 May 1894, at Walnut, Crtawford County, Kansas
Died 3 March 1940, at Hiawatha, Brown County, Kansas

Bessie Lyness worked as a home economics teacher. She married her school superintendent, Marion Franklin Stark (b. February 27, 1890, at Elk City, Montgomery County, Kansas; d. June 18, 1970; buried at Ft. Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida) on June 2, 1920, at Walnut, Crawford County, Kansas.


  1. Dorothy Mae Stark, b. December 3, 1921, at Wellington, Kansas.
  2. Mary Elizabeth ("Mary Beth") Stark, b. January 3, 1924, at Coldwater, Kansas.
Marion was awarded the Kansas Lifetime Teacher Award in 1955.
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