Bessie Mae Rudd of Opelika was born to the late John and Ora Keith in LaSalle, Colorado, on Sept. 15, 1934 and passed away at East Alabama Medical Center on July 25, 2022. She was 87 years old.

Bessie was a member of Ridge Road Baptist Church. She loved arts and crafts, sewing, crocheting and her roses. She and her husband, Bob, owned and operated the Ramblin Rose Motel in Kingman, Arizona.

Bessie was preceded in death by her son, Robert Rudd; daughter, Betty Lou Rudd; three brothers and one sister.

She is survived by her husband of 71 years, Bob Rudd; children, David Rudd (Terry), Dorothy Churchill (Bob), Tammy Rudd (Ira), Lesa Owens; grandchildren, David and Tracee Rudd, Timmy and Inge Rudd, Lucas and Kaitlyn Chavez, Mindy Hurst, Matthew Churchill, Tera and Chris Renzulli, Bill and Janet Rudd, Wendy and Tony Allen, Toby and Kyla Rudd, Alan and Shelby Owens, Nicki Clark; great-grandchildren, Jonah, Morgan, Nathan, Boston, Ronan, Hannah, Cora, Melissa, Matthew, Ashley, Dalton, Alexandra, Hayley and Kane, Rebekah and Logan, Connor, Zachary, Mason, Lana, Rachel, Maverick, Malory, Trey, Jeremy, Hayden; great-great grandchildren, Landon, Emma-Claire, Jordyn, Matthew, Mayleigh, Jaden, Karson, Addison, Ella-Marie, Roxxi, Kayo and Samara.

Visitation was held Friday, July 29, 2022, in the Parlor at Frederick-Dean Funeral Home from 5 until 7 p.m.

The funeral service was held in the chapel at Frederick-Dean Funeral Home Saturday, July 30, 2022, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Stephen McClain officiating. Interment followed at Garden Hills Cemetery. A reception followed  at Ridge Road Baptist Church.