Mickey Louise Bess James, age 77, of Dexter, died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2003, at the Missouri Southern Healthcare in Dexter. She was born in Marble Hill on Nov. 13, 1925, daughter of the late Andy Marion and Ida Frances Causey Cook. She married Chester Bess on May 13, 1944, and later married Paul D. James on June 25, 1988, and he preceded her in death on Oct. 9, 1990. Mrs. James was a member of the Church of Shalom in Poe. She is survived by three sons, Jack and Don Bess, both of Dexter, Kenneth Bess of Bloomfield; five daughters, Bonnie Jaco of Marble Hill, Betty Whitley and Sheila Bess, both of Dexter, Brenda Harlan of Essex, Janet Bracken of Bloomfield; 22 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her parents, one infant daughter, six brothers and three grandchildren. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today, Friday, Jan. 3, 2003, at the Liley Funeral Home in Marble Hill. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, 2003, at the funeral home with the Rev. Kenneth Cook officiating. Interment will follow in the Essex Cemetery.