|Birth: ||Feb. 28, 1920|
|Death: ||Feb. 19, 2005|
Bessie was born on February 28, 1920 at Decatur County, Iowa to Benjamin Harris Smith & Oria Ethel Zorne. At the age of two, Bessie and her family moved to Aurora, Nebraska, where she later attended school.
Bessie's 1st marriage was to Carl W. Alvis, son of Benjamin Alvis
& Dora Smith Alvis, on December 17, 1937 in York, NE. Five children were born of this marriage: Carl Benjamin, Thomas Lee, Ethel Marie "Sally", William James and Beaulah Ann.
Bessie’s 2nd marriage was to Jesse "Jack" Helms on October 2, 1962 in York, NE. No children were born or adopted from this marriage.
Bessie’s 3rd marriage was to Raymond Heimbuch, son of Alex Heimbuch and Margaret Liebsack, on May 30, 1975 in York, NE. No children were born of this marriage, but a son was adopted: William James “Billy” Hack Heimbuch.
Bessie and her family lived in Giltner, NE for many years before settling in Grand Island, NE. Bessie worked for 10 years at Twin Rivers and later as a homemaker. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. She loved playing bingo.
Her greatest joy was raising her family and spending time with her 28 grandchildren, 37 great grandchildren and numerous great great grandchildren.
Bessie was preceded in death by her parents: (3) husbands: (3) grandsons: Ernest D. Sloniger, Jr., Carl Alvis and Kevin Alvis; (3) brothers: Emmett, Glenn and Raymond Smith; (2) sisters: Jessie Rae (Smith) Bruhn and Margaret Susan (Smith) Lawrence; a brother-in-law: Donald Jean Lawrence and a son-in-law: Ernest Duane Sloniger.
Benjamin Harris Smith (1889 - 1981)
Oria Ethel Zornes Smith (1890 - 1949)
Carl W. Alvis (1916 - 1965)
Thomas L. Alvis (1941 - 2008)*
Ethel Marie Alvis Carruth (1942 - 2015)*
William J. Alvis (1944 - 2008)*
Emmett C. Smith (1912 - 1983)*
Glen James Smith (1915 - 1981)*
Bessie Lee Smith Heimbuch (1920 - 2005)
Raymond Odell Smith (1923 - 1957)*
Margaret S. Smith Lawrence (1932 - 1990)*
Grand Island Cemetery
Plot: Section J, Lot 148
Created by: R. Turpin
Record added: Feb 21, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 10506255
Always in my heart...|
Added: May. 27, 2006