Nancy Jane (Morris) Bessey passed into His care on April 6, 2007 and will be missed.

She was born July 15, 1936 in Wasco, Calif. She was raised in Santa Cruz but moved to Lindsay for her senior year of high school. After a few terms at San Jose Junior College, she enrolled in the College of Sequoias in April of 1956. It is there that she met Don &#8220Bad Bess” Bessey at Mearle's Drive-In (soon, some say to become a Visalia Historical Monument). The two married on Dec. 22 of that year at Nancy's sister Loretta's home in Hanford and they honey-mooned in romantic Bakersfield.

The newlyweds were enrolled at San Francisco State and soon Nancy was pregnant with Randy - who was delivered in Hanford, November 1958. After Don graduated in 1959, the family of three moved back to Hanford. Don worked for an oil refinery and Nancy bore two more boys. Lance came in May of 1960 and Bradly followed a year later. Don passed the CPA exam and then they moved to a large ranch in Mendota. After two years there, the family moved to Los Gatos and Don wanted to get back into public accounting. After learning from the &#8220Big 8 Firms” that he was &#8220too old”, he and Nancy planned to take a post with another large farm operation in Kerman. He went to San Francisco to learn the company's computer system while Nancy and the boys stayed with her mother in Lindsay. At her business, The Girl's Cafe, Vera began bragging about her son-in-law &#8220the CPA” to Harold Gisvold, another CPA. He called Don and offered him a job. The year was 1963 and, for the rest of her life, Nancy was a dynamic presence in Lindsay.

Shawn was born in Lindsay Hospital in January 1964. Don began working for Shropshire Trucking two years later and opened a home office on Samoa Street. In July of that year (1966) Brandon was born. With the support of Shropshire Trucking and Herschel Luallen, Don opened his own office on Hermosa Street in 1968. Nancy was not only mother of five then; she was also Don's formidable secretary. One day, she complained that he would speak to her differently if she weren't his wife. That's the day, &#8220Miss Brown” was born: wife and mother at home, Miss Brown at the office.

Nancy was a Cub Scout den mother, a perpetual room mother, an artist and a life member of the PTA. She was active in the Hospital Guild, Lindsay Women's Club, and took part in the Ono Sister City program.

After taking &#8220Grandma Vera” into her home for perpetual care, Nancy got introduced to &#8220Sweeping.” She became the Sweepstakes Queen. She perfected that hobby into an art form and won thousands of dollars in prizes including shopping sprees, Caribbean cruises, big screen televisions, computers, gift cards, saving bonds, and an untold number of t-shirts, hats, and carrying bags.

She always enjoyed rolling Bunco or playing bridge with the girls, playing poker with the boys, and whipping Don at &#8220Spite and Malice” which is a double solitaire game. The accumulated scores since 1987 show her winning 13520 to 16473. She watched sports at the local Little League or Lindsay School fields and courts and on TV (especially football and the Forty Niners or baseball and the Giants). She loved most game shows on TV as well, but, first and foremost, she was a devoted and loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She and Don celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this past December.

Two of her favorite charities were the Sequoia Transcribers (volunteer brailers of educational materials and texts) at PO Box 3435, Visalia, CA 97278 and the Lindsay Cultural Arts Council at PO Box 223, Lindsay, CA 93247. Her own charity was directed toward on-going civic, cultural, youth, or religious activities. She believed that, by so doing, many lives could be positively influenced.

She is survived by her husband; five sons; her grandson, Ryan Bessey of Fairfield, Calif.; her granddaughter, Elise Bessey of Fresno; an older sister, Loretta Loeber of Springfield, Ore.; one uncle, Cliff Morris of Bakersfield; and one aunt, Lucille Morris of Santa Maria, Calif. There are many surviving cousins, nieces, and nephews.

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