Bessie McCann

Bessie June McCann

Choteau —Bessie June McCann, our wonderful mother and Dad's forever sweetheart, passed away peacefully on June 20, 2013 at Teton Medical Center, Extended Care, in Choteau, Montana. She had just celebrated her 90th birthday on June 6.

Bessie (or Becky June as Daddy always called her) was born June 6, 1923 in Simms, MT to Bruno H. Zimmerman and Mary Eleanor Pearl Loomis Kinna Zimmerman. She was the third of three daughters and the apple of her parents' eyes. She grew up in the depression years, helping earn money by raising bum lambs and selling newspapers. She had the dream of becoming a nurse at a young age, and set about making her dream come true by studying hard and becoming her senior class Valedictorian in 1941. This honor offered her a scholarship to the Nursing Program at Montana State University in Bozeman. Mom studied hard and graduated Magna Cum Laude and Valedictorian of the class in 1945.

During this time, her sister-in-law Fern McCann Kinna asked her if she would write to Fern's brother, Lynn MCCann, who has joined the Army and was being sent overseas to the Philippines. Mom and Dad started corresponding as Dad fought in World War II in Sabu and Laytey. Love blossomed and they were married July 10, 1946, just six months after Dad returned home with a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. Their first daughter, Jamie Ellen, was born October 26, 1947 and their second daughter, Julie Adele, was born May 19, 1950.

Theirs' was a life-long love story. Mom adored Daddy, and Daddy adored her. He brought home wildflowers and wrote "I love you, Beck" on little notes. They were loving parents and raised their daughters to honor Jesus.

Bessie was preceded in death by her parents; her brother John C. Kinna; her sisters Edna Janette Kinna Hane, Mary Ellen Johnson and Margaret Rose Kirby; brother Eugene Henry Zimmerman; and her beloved husband Allen Lynn McCann. There is a grand reunion in Heaven as Mom joins all her loving family.

She survived by her daughters; Jamie (William) Franks; grandchildren Sunday Lynne Schrage, Tyler Klark Franks and Tanner McCann Franks; Julie (Roger) Klinkhammer; grandchildren Gina Leigh Dale (Nick) and Marissa Jo Klinkhammer, and great granddaughter Dana Leigh Dale. They also have a chosen granddaughter Leanne Phillips Hall.

A funeral service and celebration of her life will be held at the Faith Bible Church in Fairfield, Montana on June 29, 2013 at 11:00 am. A graveside service will follow at Sun River Cemetery. A reception will be held in the church following the graveside service. Croxford Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

A special Thank You goes to the wonderful staff at TMC in Choteau for their loving care of Mom for the past two and a half years.

Condolences to the family may be left at

Funeral Home

Croxford Funeral Home and Crematory
1307 Central Avenue Great Falls, MT 59401
(406) 453-0315

Published in Great Falls Tribune on June 23, 2013