Lois Ann Elwess1,2

F, #27887, b. 31 August 1936, d. 19 September 2019


Fred Olen Bezanson b. 5 Jul 1931, d. 14 Jun 2010
     Lois Ann Elwess was born on 31 August 1936 at Rushville, Nebraska.1 She married Fred Olen Bezanson in 1953.2 According to Lois' death notice, Fred and Lois had four sons, then raised the two daughters of Lois' sister Juanita after Juanita died in 1967.3 Lois Ann Elwess died on 19 September 2019 at Turlock, California, at age 83.1 She was buried on 27 September 2019 in Ceres Memorial Park, Ceres, California.3

     Obituary from The Modesto Bee (Modesto, California), 26 September 2019:

Aug 31, 1936 - Sept 19, 2019

Lois, age 83, passed from her earthly home to her heavenly home peacefully surrounded by family on Thursday afternoon at her home in Turlock.

She was born the 6th of 12 children to Leonard and Hulda Elwess in Rushville, NE on Aug. 31, 1936. When she was 7 years old the family left NE and came to CA. After several times going back and forth, they finally settled in the Ceres area. Lois attended Ceres High School but before graduating she met the love of her life, Fred, and decided she didn't need any more scchool. They were married in May of 1953, celebrating 57 years of bliss before Fred's passing in 2010. After Fred got out of the Navy they settled in Ceres and started their family. They had four sons which kept her very busy. Then in 1967 after the passing of her sister, Juanita, she took on the task of raising two daughters.

She was a very loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin and a friend to many. As a faithful servant of God, she loved her family deeply and was the happiest when in their company. Lois loved life and she loved to bake cookies for everyone. All who knew her felt fortunate to have had her in their life.

Lois was predeceased by her parents, Leonard and Hulda, three sisters, Arla, Juanita and Carolyn, two brothers, Neil and Howard, a daughter-in-law, Laurie, and a great-grandson, Anthony.

She is survived by her four sons, Mark (Priscilla), Larry (Lynn), Dan (Lori) and Scott, her daughters, Tammie Halsey (Randy) and Rhonda Herrington. Also surviving are her grandchildren, Matthew, Jacob, Michael, Michelle, Hannah, Sarah, Jennifer, Randy Jr., Zachary and Joshua as well as eleven great-grandchildren. She is also survived by three sisters, Vera, Connie and Dianne and three brothers, Doug, Sam and David and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services will be held on Friday, September 27th at 11:00 AM at the Ceres Chapel of Franklin and Downs. Interment will be at Ceres Memorial Park.1
Last Edited27 Sep 2019


  1. [S2] Lois Ann Bezanson Death Notice, TheModesto Bee (Modesto, California), 19 September 2019.
  2. [S2] Fred Olen Bezanson Death Notice, Ceres Courier (Ceres, California), 23 June 2010.
  3. [S2] Lois Ann Bezanson Death Notice, The Modesto Bee (Modesto, California), 19 September 2019.

Edna Howe1

F, #27898, b. 1 September 1925, d. 4 August 2014


Ernest Paul Bezanson b. 11 Apr 1921, d. 8 Sep 1998
     Edna Howe was born on 1 September 1925.1 She married Ernest Paul Bezanson.2 Edna Howe died on 4 August 2014 at Columbia, Tennessee, at age 88.1

Edna Helen Bezanson

September 1, 1925 - August 4, 2014

Edna Helen Bezanson, age 88, a resident of Porter Circle in Columbia, TN, passed away Tuesday, August 4, 2014 at her residence.

The family will celebrate her life with private services at a later date. Heritage Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

A native of Weymouth, Massachusetts, Edna was born on September 1, 1925 and was the daughter of the late James Russel and Edna Boyne Lister Howe.

She is survived by her son: Paul Bezanson of Corvallis, OR; daughter: Ruby Bezanson of Columbia; and grandchildren: Nicki Bezanson, Kristi Bezanson, and Dawn Bezanson.1
Last Edited7 Apr 2016


  1. [S680] Edna Helen Bezanson Death Notice, Heritage Funeral Home (Columbia, Tennessee), accessed August 2014.
  2. [S471] Oregon State Health Department, "Oregon, Death Index, 1898-2008", Ernest Paul Bezanson; Death Date: 8 September 1998.

Ainsley Albert Slack1,2

M, #27900, b. 12 April 1894
Father*Charles Spurgeon Slack1 b. 19 Jul 1859, d. 29 Sep 1933
Mother*Eliza Bezanson1 b. 15 Jul 1861, d. b 10 Aug 1916
Relationship3rd great-grandson of Jean George Bezanson
     Ainsley Albert Slack was born on 12 April 1894 at Nova Scotia.1 He began military service on 25 February 1918 at Halifax, Nova Scotia, in the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF.)2

Census Summary


Census, Residence

Census1901Ainsley Albert Slack appeared on the census of 1901 in the household of Charles Spurgeon Slack and Eliza Bezanson at North River, Nova Scotia.1
Census1911Ainsley Albert Slack appeared on the census of 1911 in the household of Charles Spurgeon Slack.3
Census1921Ainsley Albert Slack appeared on the census of 1921 in the household of Charles Spurgeon Slack and Louisa Ann Nolter at Duke Street, Trenton, Nova Scotia.4
Last Edited13 Apr 2016


  1. [S5] 1901 Canadian Census; North River, Colchester, Nova Scotia; Family: 221; Page: 21.
  2. [S808] Library and Archives Canada, "Canada, Soldiers of the First World War, 1914-1918", Ainsley Albert Slack; MSA; Place: Halifax, Nova Scotia; Date: 25 February 1918.
  3. [S5] 1911 Canadian Census; 16, Colchester, Nova Scotia; Family: 41; Page: 4.
  4. [S5] 1921 Canadian Census; Trenton North, Pictou, Nova Scotia; Sub-District: ?; Page: 7; Lines: 47-50.