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Funeral services for F. Elizabeth Kessinger, 97, White Hall, Arkansas, formerly of West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, September 1, 2013 in the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Kessinger died at 5:37 p.m., Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at Jefferson Regional Medical Center, Pine Bluff, Arkansas.

She was born September 18, 1915 at Siloam Springs, Missouri to Irving Douglas Caplinger and Mary Isabella Coldwell Caplinger. On June 7, 1936, she was married at West Plains, Missouri to Raymond Mack Kessinger who preceded her in death on December 21, 1979. In March of 1945, she was inducted into the Order of Eastern Star, West Plains Chapter #193 and served as the Worthy Matron in 1957. Mrs. Kessinger was a life-long member of First Baptist Church of West Plains and a founding member of East Side Baptist Church at Pine Bluff, Arkansas, where she served as a Sunday School teacher for many years.

She is survived by six children, Linda Wells, husband, Howard, Monticello, Arkansas, Bonnie Milan, husband, Larry, Bauxite, Arkansas, David Kessinger, White Hall, Arkansas, Deborah Mewby, husband, Pat, White Hall, Arkansas, Anna Lisemby, husband, Larry, White Hall, Arkansas and Ginger Chambliss, White Hall, Arkansas; two sons-in-law, Jerry Marsh, West Plains, Missouri and Bob Bivens, Sherwood, Arkansas; sixteen grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husband, two sons, Guy Way Kessinger and Donald Kessinger, two daughters, Mary Beth Marsh and Hetta Bivens and two grandchildren, Randy Marsh and Brad Kessinger, precede her in death.

Mrs. Kessinger will lie in state from 4:00 p.m., Saturday until service time at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the New Liberty Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to The Gideon Bible Society and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

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