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Bessie Louisa Williams Wilcox

  • Birth 7 Mar 1912 Pocatello, Bannock County, Idaho, USA
  • Death 16 Nov 2002 Rexburg, Madison County, Idaho, USA
  • Burial Archer, Madison County, Idaho, USA
  • Memorial ID 7499178

My great-aunt. She married Rulon Wilcox on Feb 26, 1947. They had no children, but she was known to relatives and friends alike as Aunt Bessie. Like me, she loved music and even wrote some. The difference was that she was a pianist and I am a guitarist. At her request, one of her own compositions was played at her funeral.

Obit printed in Post Register 11-18-2002, courtesy A. Fellows:

Bessie Williams Wilcox, 90, of the Archer-Sunnydell area, died Nov. 16, 2002, in Rexburg.

She was born March 7, 1912, in Pocatello to Herbert J. Williams and Minnie Louisa Johnson Williams. She attended Archer Elementary School and high school in Pocatello. She received her teaching certificate at Southern Branch, in Pocatello, which later became Idaho State University. She also attended McCune School of Music in Salt Lake City.

She married Rulon S. Wilcox on Feb. 26, 1947, in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple. He died Dec. 6, 1993. She was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and served in many callings in the church.

She taught school for one year in Inkom, eight years in Tyhee, and five years in Pocatello. She taught private kindergarten classes in the Archer area for many years. She taught piano lessons in her home for many years.

She had a great love and ability for music and served in various music departments all her life. She loved all her nieces and nephews; these were her children. She was known to all in the Archer community as "Aunt Bessie."

Survivors include a sister, Marie Anderson of Bountiful, Utah. She was preceded in death by her husband and two sisters, Cleo Crapo and Audrey Sant.

Funeral Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, at the Archer-Sunnydell LDS church with Bishop Darrell Cheney officiating.

Family will meet with friends from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Flamm Funeral Home in Rexburg, and from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. before services at the the church Wednesday. Burial will be in the Sutton Cemetery in Archer.

From Printed Funeral Program:

Services held Wednesday, November 20, 2002 - 11:00 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints - Sunnydell Ward Chapel, with Bishop Darrell Cheney officiating.

Family Prayer..................Gerald O. Johnson

Prelude and Postlude............Richard Vest
Musical Number.. "My Heavenly Father Loves Me" Darla Grover, Accompanied by Scott Shirley
Invocation.....................Clifford Wilcox
Life Sketch....................Janice Wilcox
Speaker........................Kay Luthy
Musical Reading.."Prayer of Gratitude" Mae Niederer, Accompanied by Kathy Cheney. Words and Music written by Bessie W. Wilcox
Speaker........................Kent Sutton
Remarks........................Bishop Darrell Cheney
Musical Number.."Now the Day is Over" Tom, Rosalie & Rulon Leman..The Hometeachers, Accompanied by Kathy Cheney
Benediction....................John O. Wilcox

Interment- Sutton Cemetery

Dedicatory Prayer..............Earl Wilcox

Pallbearers: Bill Sant, Blair Wilcox, Walt Smith, Gary Wilcox, Brett Luthy, Jeff Luthy, Gilbert Wilcox, Bryon Luthy

Flower Bearers: Sunnydell Ward Relief Society

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