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Bessie Lee Schneider

Bessie Lee Schneider, a resident of Dixon, Wyo., died Friday, June 24, 2005, at Courtyard at Jamestown in Provo, Utah. She was 91.

Funeral services were held Friday, July 1, 2005, at Grant Mortuary in Craig.

Bessie was born Nov. 2, 1913, in Hobart, Okla., to Alva Jackson and Margaret Lavina Jones Mann.



At the age of 1 month, she moved with her family to Craig. Colo. Bessie received her education in Craig schools, graduating in 1932. On Oct. 20, 1934, she married Joseph John Schneider in Craig. Joe and Bessie had three daughters — Bessie Jo, Margaret Anita and Barbara Ann. During their married life, they lived in various oil fields in Colorado and Wyoming. They retired and moved to Dixon in 1972.

Bessie was a self-taught seamstress, sewing most of her daughter’s clothing as they were growing up. She also enjoyed knitting and crocheting, creating many gifts for her family and friends. She was a very good cook and was noted for her rolls, cookies and potato salad. In the years after moving to Dixon, the family got together for an annual camping reunion at Hahn’s Peak Lake and later at the Gunderson Ranch in Collbarn.



After Joe’s death in 2001, Bessie moved to Orem, Utah, with her daughter, Barbara, and later to Courtyard at Jamestown, where she resided until her death.

Bessie is survived by her daughters, Bessie Jo and Beryl Rienks of Grand Junction, Anita Shepard of Baggs, Wyo., and Barbara Harris of Orem, Utah; 10 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; two sisters in law, Addie Mann and Marie Schneider of Craig; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Dorothy Madge Mann and Myrtle Dean Biggs; brother Jack Mann; grandchildren Kenneth S. Rienks and Alan Shepard; great grandson Garrett Gunderson; great granddaughter Dana Lee Gunderson; sons-in-law Tom Shepard and Kenneth Harris; and grandson-in-law Ed Gunderson.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to Alzheimer’s research in care of Grant Mortuary, 621 Yampa Ave., Craig, Colo. 81625.


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