(1885-1982). Elizabeth “Bess” Virginia. The Life of a First Lady. Her Childhood. Elizabeth Virginia Wallace was born on February 13, 1885. Her family nicknamed her “Bessie,” which became just “Bess” as she matured.
Bess and Harry on a fishing trip in August of 1913.
Bess and Mary Margaret Truman
Truman family at the launching of the U.S.S. Missouri.
January 29, 1944
President Truman and Bess Truman at a baseball game.
November 26, 1948
Truman family, post-Presidency
November 18, 1953
Bess, Harry, and Margaret at groundbreaking for Library
May 8, 1955
Bess Truman loved to play bridge. Here she’s pictured with her Independence bridge club in 1946.