Helen Louise Bess

24 May 1920–17 January 1998 (Age 77)
Bloomfield, Stoddard, Missouri, United States

The Life of Helen Louise

When Helen Louise Bess was born on 24 May 1920, in Bloomfield, Stoddard, Missouri, United States, her father, Lewis Arthur Bess, was 37 and her mother, Lillie Gertrude Davis, was 39. She married Dennis Carol Hopkins on 16 April 1938, in Stoddard, Missouri, United States. She lived in Missouri, United States in 1935 and Jefferson City, Cole, Missouri, United States in 1940. She died on 17 January 1998, in Callaway, Missouri, United States, at the age of 77, and was buried in Jefferson City, Cole, Missouri, United States.

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Family Time Line

Dennis Carol Hopkins
Helen Louise Bess
Marriage: 16 April 1938

Spouse and Children

    Dennis Carol Hopkins



16 April 1938
Stoddard, Missouri, United States

Parents and Siblings


    Lillie Gertrude Davis




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World Events (8)

1923 · The President Dies of a Heart Attack

Age 3

Warrant G. Harding died of a heart attack in the Palace hotel in San Francisco.
1931 · The Bagnell Dam and Lake of the Ozarks

Age 11

The Bagnell Dam on the Osage River was completed in 1931. The dam was built to generate hydroelectric power to the Osage Power Plant. The building of the dam created Lake of the Ozarks, one of the largest man-made lakes in the world, and over 1,000 miles of shoreline.

Age 21

Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

1 English: unexplained. Apparently a metronymic from the female personal name Bess, pet form of Elizabeth.2 German: short form of Betz .3 In some cases it is probably an altered spelling of French Besse .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Helen Hopkins in household of Marshall Crain, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Helen L Bess in household of Thomas M Crain, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Helen Bess in entry for Dennis Hopkins, "Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1800-1991"

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