Bessie Florence Wilcox died Saturday, June 28, 2008, at the Hillcrest Nursing Home at the age of 99.
She was born July 10, 1908, at Albion, Neb., the daughter of the late Edward and Fiora (Warnke) Meyers. She grew up in northeast Nebraska where she received her education. In 1925, Bessie came to Hitchcock County to visit a sister, Blanche and met Charles.
On Feb. 13, 1927, Bessie married Charles Nelson Wilcox at the Blackwood Community Church north of Culbertson. In 1943, they came to the family farm where they farmed south of McCook until retiring and moving to McCook in 1976.
She was an accomplished quilter and made more than 100 quilts and gave a quilt to each of her 26 grandchildren on her 85th birthday. She attended the Memorial United Methodist Church since 1976. Another of her specialties was her flower garden where she raised 300 varieties of iris.
She was a member of the Alert Club and the McCook BPO Does.
Bessie was preceded in death by her husband, Charles on Aug. 7, 1984; one daughter, Deloris Wilcox; grandson, Ronald Kuck; great-grandson, Bradley Thomas; her parents; six brothers, Victor, Clarence, Howard, Bud, Alfred, Edward, Russel Meyers and an infant brother; one sister, Blanche Bortles-Smith.
Bessie is survived by one son, Gerald Wilcox and wife, Lily of McCook; four daughters, Charlotte Rogers of Indianola, Neb., Marie Kuck and husband, Al of Smithfield, Neb., Betty Jussel and husband, Bill of Grand Island, Neb., and Doris Ruppert of McCook; 26 grandchildren; 75 great-grandchildren; 69 great-great-grandchildren; and one great-great-great-granddaughter; one sister, Minnie Manley of Quincey, Wash.; and relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 2, 2008, at the Memorial United Methodist Church in McCook with the Rev. Dr. Jeffery Thurman officiating, Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery in McCook.
Memorials may be given in her name and friends may call at Herrmann Funeral Home in McCook from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., today and Tuesday.
Herrmann Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.