Bessie (Glenn) Morrow, 105, passed away May 4, 2014, at Rivers Edge Rehab in Emmett, Idaho.
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Bessie was born March 14, 1909, at Ola, Idaho, in her parent's Sherman and Naomi (Webb) Glenn's home. She was the second oldest of six children, Helen, Melva, Asa, Marie and Irene. While growing up in Ola she graduated from the eighth grade.
She told about, in 1915, how the family took a team of horses and a wagon and went from Ola to her grandparents in Star, Idaho, from there they went on the interurban to Boise, Idaho, for the State Fair. In the summer after haying season they would go to Sagehen camping for several days to pick huckleberries. The rest of her life she looked for huckleberries.
Bessie went to Boise High School for three years and in 1927 she graduated from Emmett High School. Then she had one year at Links Business College in Boise.
On July 1, 1929, she married Charles Morrow at Boise. To this union two children were born, Glenn and Joanne.
In 1932, when Joanne was six weeks old, the family left Troutdale Guard Station with a pack string of horses and mules and packed nine miles to Barber Flats for the summer with the Forest Service. From 1932 to 1939 Charlie worked for the Forest Service in the summers and in the winter he worked for Andy Little, lambing. From 1939 – 1941, he worked summers and part of winters driving a team of horses skidding logs. In the winter of 1941 -1942, while in Oregon, the family lived in two tents (as recorded in Bessie's diary Jan. 8, 1942, 20 degrees below zero). Bessie was an original member of the Ola Ladies Club. In 1943, the family moved to Emmett from Ola.
After moving to Emmett, Bessie worked at White Cammerer Hardware, Gem Cannery, Dean's Packing House, Emmett Variety and picked fruit. She also did housework for different families. She enjoyed Lodge, visiting, crocheting, sewing (making a lot of her kids' clothes), camping, fishing and picking huckleberries. She was a very good cook and made lots of homemade bread.
Her travels included going to the Oregon Coast and a trip with the son and daughter-in-law, across the country to North Carolina, where she took off her shoes and wadded in the ocean. Bessie was a member of the Methodist Church and Past Noble Grand of the Emmett Rebekah Lodge, a 50+ year member.
Charlie retired in 1965, their retirement summers were spent at Donnelly, camping and fishing. They also went to Arizona several years.
Bessie never learned how to drive, she walked so much she wore out both knees which she had replaced and also had both hips replaced, one at age 96 and the other at 101.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Glenn and Lorene Morrow; son-in-law, Ray Mullins; grandchildren, Deann (John) Kersey, Brad Morrow, Brian (Vicki) Morrow, Kris (Eddie) Heath, Steve Holbrook; 10 great-grandchildren, 15 great-great-grandchildren, and one great-great-great-grandchild; two sisters, Marie Hill and Irene (Howard) Benge; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband of 55 years, she was also preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Joanne Mullins; granddaughter, Patti (Mullins) Holbrook; a brother and his wife, Asa and Margaret Glenn; two sisters and their husbands, Helen (Friday) Blessinger and Melva (Glenn) Baldwin; and a brother-in-law Orville Hill.
In lieu of flowers the family request memorials be made to the Ola Ladies Club, Box 54, Ola, ID 83657, or
Graveside services were held at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 9, 2014 at the Emmett Cemetery. The procession left the Potter Funeral Chapel at 12:45 p.m.
Potter Funeral Chapel
228 East Main Street
Emmett, ID 83617
Published in Emmett Messenger Index from May 15 to June 14, 2014