Obituary Bessie Dowdy


Bessie N. Dowdy

October 3, 2017

Bessie Dowdy died October 3, 2017 at the age of 93 at Worland Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.

Bessie Narcissa was born to Vern and Grace (Peckham) Hagans on May 10, 1924 in Lander, Wyoming.  In 1938, the family moved to Fort Lupton, Colorado where she graduated high school in May of 1942.  

Bessie married Nathan Brown and moved to Grass Creek, Wyoming.  Two children, Ron and Shirley, were born to this union.  The couple later divorced.

Bessie moved to Colorado and reestablished a childhood friendship with William Lee Dowdy.  They were married March 23, 1948 in Fairplay, Colorado.  Four sons, Lanny, Rod, Fred and Russ, were born to this union.  The Dowdy family ran a dairy farm in Hudson, Colorado for a number of years. The family moved back to Wyoming in 1968, purchasing a farm at Lucerne.

Bessie drove school bus for many years for Hot Springs County School District #1 and helped manage the farm in Lucerne.  Bill and Bess eventually gave up the farm and moved to town in the early ‘80’s.  

Bessie enjoyed her family, reading, baking and listening to Bobcat and Bronco football.  

Bessie was preceded in death by husband, William, her parents, brother, Elwin, sons, Lanny and Rod, and grandson, Travis. She is survived by a brother, Eugene Hagans of Fort Lupton, Colorado, sons, Fred (Cheryl) Dowdy of Greeley, Colorado; Russ (Carol) Dowdy of Thermopolis, Wyoming; Ron (Carla) Brown of Grass Creek, Wyoming; daughter, Shirley Spuhl (Bill) of Meeteetse, 10 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 7, 2017 at Monument Hill Cemetery in Thermopolis with Pastor Nathan Winters officiating. Visitation for family and friends will be held 7:00 p.m. Friday evening at the Bryant Funeral Home Chapel in Worland. Memorial donations may be made to Meals on Wheels in care of the Thermopolis Senior Center c/o P.O. Box 747, Thermopolis, WY 82443.  Online condolences may be made at