A memorial service will be held for Bessie Levy at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28, at Hooper and Weaver Mortuary in Grass Valley. Mrs. Levy passed away on Sunday, March 25. She was 86.
Mrs. Levy and her twin brother, Jacob, were born on Oct. 18, 1920, to Abraham and Goldie Karp in Salem, Mass. She adored her older sister, Sarah.
Mrs. Levy attended Salem High School, where she was an exceptional basketball and tennis player, and she went on to attend Salem Teachers College. During her junior year of college, she went to Montgomery, Ala., to marry her soldier sweetheart, Sam Levy, on July 11, 1941. She then returned to Salem and received a teaching degree that she would use many years later when her children were grown.
For many years she lived the life of a military wife, traveling from New England to Florida, Alaska, Germany and many points in between. She had and raised her children along the way. Her first child, Susan, was born in Tampa, Fla. David was born in Salem, Mass. After several years in Alaska, she returned to Salem where Saul was born, and Robert was born at West Point Military Academy.
After more than 20 years of travel, Mrs. Levy and her family settled in Salem. She started as a substitute teacher at the Samuel Brown School in Peabody, Mass., and soon became a full-time first-grade teacher.
Upon retirement in 1978, Mrs. Levy and her husband divided their time between Salem and Florida for 13 years. While in Florida, Mrs. Levy began painting, composing music and writing lyrics. She wrote an original musical, “Life is What You Get!,” which was performed at Sunrise Lakes in Florida.
In 1991, Mrs. Levy and her husband moved to Nevada City to be closer to their children. She enjoyed picnics and days at the river with the family, particularly with her grandchildren, Rachel Sara Rosencrantz, Katrina Alves, Sara Levy and Jacob Levy.
For many years, Mrs. Levy was active in the local Jewish community and was a member of The Sisterhood. She often performed her original music and more traditional melodies with her husband and other members of her congregation for religious and social events. She also enjoyed playing bridge and Mahjong.
Mrs. Levy is survived by her husband of nearly 66 years, Sam, as well as by all her children and grandchildren.
Mrs. Levy was a source of great humor, whimsy and love. She had a playfulness that delighted those around her. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
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