Born in 1895 in Ryan Oklahoma, Indian Territory to Henry and Elizabath Sherwood. She was the oldest of 9 children, six girls and 3 boys. She came with her family to Texas at an early age to Panhandle, Texas and Childress, Texas. She graduated from high school in Childress, TX.
On August 6, 1915 she married V.R. Haltom in Colorado Springs, Colorado. They moved to Crosbyton, Texas in 1918 where they farmed with their 3 children; Faye, Ray and Henry. Bess later became a clerk at T. George's Dry Good Store. She also clerked for Cambells and Wallaces; all dry goods stores.
She was an active member of First United Methodist Church belonging to the Missionary Society (now UMW) and Wesleyian Guild. She was very faithful until she could no longer attend. She was awarded a silver life membership to UMW for women of 100 years. It was accepted by her daughter, Faye.
While raising her children, she was very active in the school; Room Mothers and wherever needed. She belonged to two "Forty Two" clubs. She was also charter member of the Needlepoint Club.
She now has two sisters still living, one 87 and another 85, and one brother who is 95. Bess moved to a nursing facility in 1987 due to a long illness. Her family states that "due to the excellent care, she gained strength and is doing quite well."
Mrs. Haltom is the oldest resident in the nursing home. On her 100th birthday, the family gave her a big party where she was presented 100 red roses from the citizens of Crosbyton. Five generations of the family and a host of friends were present to celebrate the occassion and wish her well.
Mrs. Haltom looking grand on her 103rd birthday.