Bessie Jo Braden, 79 of Sparta, passed away in her home on Saturday afternoon, April 9, 2011. She was born February 12, 1932, at Elkhead the daughter of Robert and Fae (Teague) Harvill. On August 14, 1948 she was united in marriage to Fred Braden at Harrison, Arkansas. Bessie was a wonderful friend, mother and wife who along with her husband owned and operated Braden Oil Company in Sparta for 38 years. She was an avid basketball fan of the Sparta Trojans and MSU Bears. Bessie also was past Worthy Matron of the Eastern Star Chapter # 326 of Sparta. Bessie was preceded in death by her parents and infant brother, Basil. After 62 blessed years together, Bessie is survived by her husband, Fred; son Gary Braden of Sparta; daughter Jonna Woosley and husband Robert of Springfield; grandsons Jeff Woosley of Springfield and Jon Woosley and wife Mari of Bolivar; great-granddaughter Eleanor Rose of Bolivar; brother John Harvill and wife Sandra of Springfield; nephew Nick Harvill of California; niece Alison Miller and husband Chris and their children Ryan, Ellie and Maggie all of Springfield; other caring relatives and many friends. The family requests donations to: The Alzheimer’s Association, Hospice Compassus or a charity of your choice. Funeral services for Bessie will be 2:00 P.M., Tuesday, April 12, 2011 in Barnes Family Funeral Home, Ozark with Rev. Carnel “Bally” Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in Sparta Cemetery. Visitation will be held 6 to 8 P.M., Monday, April 11 in the funeral home.