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Bess Millen Wolf
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Birth: Jun. 16, 1908
Holmes County
Florida, USA
Death: Feb. 27, 2012

Bess Millen Wolf

June 16, 1908 - February 27, 2012
Bess Millen Wolf of Batesville, Arkansas, died Monday, February 27, 2012. She was 103.

Born in Esto, Florida on June 16, 1908, Bess was the third child of John A. and Mattie Sam Millen's four children. She grew up in Malvern, Arkansas, graduating from Malvern High School. She enrolled at Arkansas (now Lyon) College, located in Batesville, where she received a B.A. degree in 1930. She pursued a master's degree in Counseling and Guidance at the University of Memphis, which was awarded in 1965. In 1992, Lyon College conferred the honorary Doctor of Humanities Degree on Bess, in recognition of her contributions to the college and the Batesville community.

As a student at Lyon, Bess met her future husband, John Quincy Wolf, Jr.. A talented musician, she was an accomplished pianist and organist. Bess shared a love of music and passion for antiquities with her husband. Beginning in the 1930s, they worked together to collect antique glass and furniture and to compile a library of ballads and folklore from the Ozarks that remains without equal.

Following their marriage in 1931, Bess and Quincy Wolf spent several years in Baltimore, Maryland, where he pursued a PhD at Johns Hopkins University and she studied music at the Baltimore Conservatory. They settled in Memphis, Tennessee, at Southwestern (now Rhodes College), where Quincy was named chairman of the English Department and Bess worked as Admissions Counselor. After Quincy's death in 1972 and her subsequent retirement, Bess moved back to Batesville to work diligently to preserve Quincy's folklore legacy. She was responsible for the publication of "Life in the Leatherwoods," a compilation of stories written by John Quincy Wolf, Sr., about his experiences as a young orphaned boy growing up in an Arkansas pioneering family. Bess worked tirelessly to open the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, and served as a founding member of the Committee of 100. For several summers, she taught classes in folklore through the Elderhostel Program at Lyon College. In recognition of these and other accomplishments, Lyon College named Bess its Distinguished Alumnus in 1982.

Bess was a member of First Presbyterian Church and several social and civic groups in Batesville. She is survived by two daughters, Adele Wolf Grilli of Locust Grove, Arkansas, and Florence Wolf Calaway of Olive Branch, Mississippi; three grandchildren, Samantha Long of Memphis, Florence Mullins of Olive Branch, and John Grilli, of Fayetteville, Arkansas; four great-grandchildren, and a sister, Nancy Julius, of Houston, Texas. She was preceded in death by her husband and a grandson, Quincy Calaway.

The funeral service will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Batesville at 11AM on Saturday, March 3, with burial in Oaklawn Cemetery to follow and under the direction of Roller-Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville. The family will greet visitors from 10 until 11AM that morning in the church parlor.

The pallbearers will be Jim Barnett, Nelson Barnett, Charles Barnett, Charles Hathcock, George Lankford, Robert Stroud, Bob Stroud, Don Weatherman, and Danny Yeager.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 775 E. Boswell, Batesville, AR 72501, Lyon College, PO Box 2317, Batesville, AR 72503 or Rhodes College, 2000 North Parkway, Memphis, Tennessee, 38112, or a charity of the donor's choice.

---Roller Crouch Batesville Funeral Home obits 
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  John Quincy Wolf (1901 - 1972)
Oaklawn Cemetery
Independence County
Arkansas, USA
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Record added: Feb 27, 2012
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