In memory of

Bessie W. Jerin, age 89, of Helena

April 3, 1924 – March 8, 2014

JERIN, Bessie, age 89 of Helena, passed away Saturday March 8, 2014.

Bessie was born in Helena, Montana on April 3, 1924 to George M. and Ida (Schroeder) Lingle.  Bessie attended Bryant School and then graduated from Helena High School in 1942.

She and John Jerin were married in Helena, MT on January 2, 1952.  John passed away in 1998. They had one daughter, Joni Campbell of Seattle, WA, and two granddaughters, Lauren and Christine. Bessie’s sister, Elizabeth Owens resides in Spokane.

Some of Bessie’s favorite hobbies were crafts and crocheting.  She was involved in D.A.V. Auxiliary and the VFW Auxiliary.

She is preceded in death by her parents, George Monroe and Ida (Schroeder) Lingle; sister, Edith Lingle; husband, John Jerin; and son-in-law, Bruce Campbell.

She is survived by daughter Joni (Jerin) Campbell of Seattle, Washington, grandchildren Lauren of Naperville, IL, Christine of Billings, MT, and Elizabeth (Lingle) Owens of Spokane, WA.  She is also survived by a very dear friend and companion, Duke Francis and Family.  She felt privileged to enjoy spending her last 15 years with Duke as a special friend and companion in her life.

A funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m., Friday, March 14, 2014 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1000 Helena Ave, Helena, with burial immediately following at the Montana State Veterans Cemetery. A reception will be at Touchmark, 915 Saddle Dr., Helena, immediately following the burial.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1000 Helena Ave, Helena, Montana, 59601 or the charity of your choice.  Please visit below to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Bessie.


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  1. Larry Petty says

    Family & Friends. With Sincere Sympathy. Wishing you peace at this time. I would meet with Bessie from time to time & always enjoyed our conversations. I recall recently when I stopped by at Touchmark that she wished that she had moved there sooner as she was really enjoying her time there with all the activities that were available & the friendships that she developed in the short time that she had been. She was one of my favorites.

    God Bless

  2. Rest in Peace Bessie Jerin. My sympathies to Joanie and the girls and to Duke. I so enjoyed being Bessie’s neighbor for fifteen years and our phone conversations since she moved to Touchmark. She was a wonderful lady and I will miss her.

    Love, Arlette

  3. Ruth Campbell says

    My heart is with you Joni, Lauren and Christine. I know how sad you are today. I have so many good memories of Bessie throughout the years. My parents and John and Bessie playing cards and telling jokes, my mom and Bessie almost playfully fighting over Lauren. Thank heavens Christine came along so they each had a grandchild to hold. She was very special. My personal best memory was after Bruce’s ash committal service we stopped to eat. I was expressing an opinion about something and Bessie said, “you know Ruth you sound just like Bruce, a female Bruce”. And she was so tickled that she thought up that name for me. She will be missed. Stay strong and know the whole family is thinking of you today! Love you three!

  4. Tom Rasmussen says

    Joni … This is express my condolences on the loss of your mother.
    I appreciated the opportunity to take care of your parents eye care needs through the years and you when you were younger. They were a wonderful couple and I always enjoyed visiting with them each time they came into to our office. In later years they would keep me updated on what was going on in your life.
    I remember well when your mother had her cataract surgery and after those many years of wearing her thick nearsighted glasses she was finally able to get rid of them.
    I see that you live in Seattle. We have 2 daughters there and enjoying going there
    as often as possible.
    I wish you and your family great blessings in the months and years ahead.
    Tom Rasmussen

  5. Glenn & Gerri Wilson says

    Joni, we’ve just now learned of Bessie’s passing and wanted you to know we’re thinking of you. We considered her a dear friend and will miss talking with her when we go to Helena on one of our rare trips.

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