Bessylea Joyce Mosso passed away on January 28, 2009 after a long illness. She was born in 1927 in Galveston, Texas to loving parents, Wallace and Bessie Taylor who resided at 1309 Ball Ave.
She was a proud, fourth generation Galvestonian who was a strong, guiding mother and a loving wife. After attending Galveston Catholic and DominicanHigh School, she graduated as valedictorian in 1944. Following high school she worked at the Galveston Army Airfield until it closed after World War II and then entered Texas State College for Women where she earned a Bachelors Degree with honors and a Masters Degree in Chemistry. She married Stewart J. Mosso, Jr. in 1950 and then worked in the Clinical Chemistry Lab at UTMB for several years. She was recruited as a research technician by the head of the UTMB Biochemistry Department and served in that position for two years. She stayed home to raise three strong sons and after her sons were in school she taught math and science at Stephen F Austin, GalvestonCatholicSchool, and O’Connell High School. Her sons remember many afternoons after school when she would sit with them at the kitchen table for a snack and ask them what they had learned in school that day. This loving act encouraged her sons to succeed.
She is survived by her husband, Stewart J. Mosso, Jr, her sister Yvonne Shreiber of Galveston, and her sons and daughters-in-law: Kirk and Sandra Mosso of Annapolis, Maryland, Mark Mosso and June Jensen of Galveston, and Stewart “Jay” and Jerilyn Mosso of Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is also survived by her granddaughter Summer Jensen and her husband Neal Monson and their son Phoenix Monson. Bess was respected and loved by her family and she will be greatly missed.
Bess’s family will receive visitors after 2:00 pm, today, Sunday, February 1st, at Sacred Heart Church. A vigil service will conclude the afternoon at 3:30 pm, led by Father Brendan Murphy, SVD.
Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am, Monday, February 2nd, at Sacred Heart Church with Father Brendan Murphy, SVD, as Celebrant. Entombment will follow the service at Calvary Catholic Cemetery Mausoleum in Galveston.
Pallbearers will be Kirk Mosso, Mark Mosso, Stewart “Jay” Mosso, Neal Monson, Wayne Giever, and Jake Trost.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made to your favorite charity in Bess’s name.