Obituary: Bessie J. Russ

Bessie Jane Russ, 80, was born Dec. 20, 1931, in Glendo, Wyo. She died March 27, 2012, in Kingman.

The daughter of Cecil Clark and Dorothy (Clay), she grew up in Guernsey and Sunrise, Wyo. She married John Russ in 1949 in Hartville, Wyo. They had three children, Lewis (Barbara) of Torrington, Wyo., Mark (Carol) of Hartville and Roxanne Thurlow (Rich) of Kingman. Bessie had five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a sister, Carolyn O'Dell of Phoenix.

Bessie worked as a nurse's aide for a number of years at the Torrington hospital. She also owned a restaurant and worked as a seamstress. After her children grew up, she split her time between Wyoming and the Southwest before moving to Pahrump, Nev., in the early 1990s and then on to Kingman in 2006.

Her parents and a brother, Gene, preceded her in death.

A memorial service will be held this summer at Hartville.