Bessie Spencer Sommers, 90, of Idaho Falls, passed away Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls due to advanced age.
She was born Dec. 1, 1923, in Salem, Idaho, to Orson Pratt Spencer and Nanny "Annie" Engeborg Kylen Spencer. She was the youngest of six siblings.
She was raised on a farm in Hibbard, Idaho, where she learned the art of working hard. She didn't have to work in the fields, but she did pick the berries, take care of the garden, help can fruit for the winter months and learned to cook. Her mother took great pain to teach her to be an excellent cook. Many good meals were served from her table. She attended Hibbard Elementary and Madison High School, graduating in 1941.
Bessie was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served in Scouting, Relief Society and was an excellent visiting teacher. She also enjoyed her calling as a sealing patron in the Idaho Falls Temple for several years.
On Nov. 4, 1941, she married Samuel Sommers Jr. at Burton, Idaho. This marriage was solemnized in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple on Feb. 28, 1998. They were blessed with three healthy, happy, and active children.
They lived in Rexburg and then Butte, Mont., where Sam worked in the copper mines before he entered WWII. They later spent 50 years in Lewisville, Idaho, and in 2002, moved to Idaho Falls. Sam was a ceramic tile setter and Bessie worked with him at times and took care of all the bookwork.
Sam was an avid fisherman; Bessie and the kids learned to enjoy camping and fishing, too. In later years, she and Sam enjoyed RVing, traveling, family dinners and special get-togethers, especially with her children and grandchildren.
Bessie is survived by her son, Garold Leon (Ronna Lee) Sommers of Idaho Falls; daughter, Marilyn Rae (Byron) Wheatley of Idaho Falls; a son-in-law, Lee Mortensen of Roy, Utah; 12 grandchildren; and 32 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Sam; daughter, Linda Kay Mortensen; grandson, Lence Mortensen; sister, Gladys Hinckley; brothers, Arnold, Clifford, Harold and Elmer; and half-brother, Harry Schuster.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at Eckersell Memorial Chapel, 101 W. Main St. in Rigby. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. prior to services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Lewisville Cemetery. Services are under the care of Eckersell Memorial Chapel in Rigby.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.eckersellfuneralhome.com.