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Geraldean Hess Bessler, 88, passed away Sunday January 6, 2019 in Rexburg, Idaho at The Homestead Assisted Living Center where she resided since July 2016.
Gerry was born April 24, 1930 in Idaho Falls, Idaho, joining sister LaVern and brother Jay to complete the family of Vernon and Adeline (Williams) Hess. She and her siblings grew up in Jackson, Wyoming working at the family business, The Jackson Bakery. She graduated from Jackson-Wilson High School in 1948 and continued her education at a business college in Denver, Colorado. She married Jack May in November of 1949 and they had 4 children and later divorced. In 1968 she married Felix Bessler, Jr. combining his 3 boys into her family.
Gerry is survived by sons Randy (Linda) May of Sandy, Utah, Mike (Faith) May of Jackson, Wyoming and Shane (Lori) May of St. George, Utah and daughter Cindy (Kim) Jacobs of Powell, Wyoming, stepsons Donald (Mary) Bessler of Tempe, Arizona and Norman (Erin) Bessler of Chandler, Arizona in addition to stepdaughter-in-law Lavonne Bessler of Cheyenne, Wyoming. She also leaves 21 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her husband Felix, her parents, both siblings, stepson Joe Bessler and 4 grandchildren.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at the LDS church on Avenue E in Powell at 11:00 am on Friday, May 17, 2019. Ashes will be interred in Jackson, Wyoming at her parents’ gravesite.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the charity of your choice in Gerry’s name.
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