Bessie Marie Elston

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Bessie Elston, 96 year old Woodward resident, died Monday, August 5, 2019 at the Shattuck Nursing Home in Shattuck. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, August 8, 2019 at the Lincoln Avenue Baptist Church, Lincoln Campus with Reverend Daniel Castor officiating. Graveside funeral service will be held at 3:30 p.m. at the Pioneer Cemetery in Beaver, Oklahoma. Arrangements are under the direction of the Billings Funeral Home.

Bessie Marie (Huckins) Elston was born on December 22, 1922 in Putnam, Oklahoma to William Alberto and Mabel Matilda (Bell) Huckins. She was the youngest of three children. She had two brothers, Roy and Dean.

She grew up and spent her school years in Thomas, Oklahoma where she met Lloyd Elston when she was young and later married him when she was 18 years old on October 18, 1941 in Watonga, Oklahoma. They made their first home in Forgan, Oklahoma and to this marriage was born two daughters, Carolyn and Janie.

After Bessie's first granddaughter was born she became better known as "Bango", which continued on with all the other grandkids, great-grandkids and great-great-grandkids and many of the other family and friends.

Bessie and Lloyd lived in a few other towns throughout their life together, which included Beaver, Oklahoma for several years where they owned and operated "Lloyd's Trading Post, Boot, Shoe and Saddle Repair". Bessie was known for making leather chaps for many of the cowboys around the area along with other leather goods such as vests and purses. One pair of her chaps is now displayed in the Pioneer Museum in Beaver.

Many of Bessie's years were spent being a Homemaker and taking care of Lloyd and her family. Many Fried Chicken Sunday Dinners were served and enjoyed at her house. She was a very good Seamstress and was able to use her sewing machine to the fullest to make clothes for her daughters as they grew up and later for her grandkids, great-grandkids and great-great-grandkids along with other friends and family.

Bessie was saved and became a Christian while living in Beaver and attending the Clearlake Baptist Church and later moved and attended the First Baptist Church in Beaver. Bessie and Lloyd's final years were spent living in Woodward, Oklahoma. After moving to Woodward, she went to the Lincoln Avenue Baptist Church regularly until she could no longer attend the services because of her health. She always enjoyed her family bringing her the bulletins from the Sunday Services.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, both brothers and their wives, and one grandson-in-law.

Bessie is survived by her daughter Carolyn Casey and husband Tommy of Woodward, daughter Janie Lacer of the home, five grandkids: Leona Piper, Ron Casey, Dell Riggs and wife Stephanie, Brenda Nebhut and husband Terry, and Susan Riggs; eight great-grandkids and six great-great-grandkids and many other family and friends.

Remembrances may be shared online at www.billingsfuneralhomewoodward.com
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