Bessie M. Blair, 1823 18th St., Moline, will be honored Sunday at open house in observance of her 80th birthday. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 2:30 until 4 p.m. in the home of her nephew John E. Blair Sr. There is another nephew, Dr. R.G. Blair, Huntington, Ind. She belongs to First United Methodist Church, Moline." There is no date on the article so only the month and year can be given with any certainity, 12 November 1978, and since most of the clippings that she saved were from the Moline Dispatch Newspaper it is likely that is where this article appeared as well. [Transcribed 16 May 2006, SLJuhl, compiler]
SOURCE: The Dispatch And The Rock Island Argus, Monday, February 1, 1993, D1-microfilm; Moline Public Library 41st Street, Rock Island County, Illinois 61265; Obtained by, S.L. Juhl RNBSC, Compiler on 25 February 2009. “OBITUARIES - Bessie Blair, 94, Rock Island, died Sunday, January 31, 1993, at Silver Cross Nursing Center, Rock Island. Visitation is 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday at Trimble Funeral Home, Moline, where further arrangements are pending.”
SOURCE: The Dispatch And The Rock Island Argus, Tuesday, February 2, 1993, C6-microfilm; Moline Public Library 41st Street, Rock Island County, Illinois 61265; Obtained by, S.L. Juhl RNBSC, Compiler on 25 February 2009. “BESSIE BLAIR Bessie Blair, 94, Rock Island, formerly of Moline and Orion, died Sunday, Jan. 31, 1993, at Silver Cross Nursing Center, Rock Island. Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at Trimble Funeral Home, Moline. Burial is in Western Cemetery, Orion. Visitation is one hour prior to services. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, Moline, where she was a member; or Friendship Manor, Rock Island. She was born Nov. 12, 1898, in Orion, the daughter of John and Elizabeth Love Blair. She was a member of United Methodist Women and Kings’ Daughters. Survivors include a nephew and his wife, John and Marilyn Blair, Moline; several great-nieces and great-nephews, including Joan Blair-Dick, Bettendorf, Joyce Morey, Kewanee, John Blair, Fort Polk, Miss., Jozett McCoy, Texas City, Texas, and Jorgia Blair, Macomb; and many cousins.” NOTE: The name of her mother was Ellen "Ella" E. Wilson Blair--not Elizabeth Love Blair. Elizabeth was her grandmother.
Bessie never married.