Bess Webre Tally

June 6, 2012 • Obituaries


On Monday, June 4, 2012, Bess Tally passed peacefully into the arms of her Savior Jesus Christ. Bessie Irene Sandoz was born on a lovely day in New Orleans.

Bess was raised in New Orleans, attended Catholic schools and graduated high school with honors.

She married James Oliver Webre in New Orleans. Two children resulted from that union, Dianne and James Jr. While her children were growing up, Bess was active in several volunteer causes including PTA, March of Dimes and Meals on Wheels.

Later the family moved to Dallas, where Jim was employed as an executive vice [auth] president for Eli Lilly.

Upon retirement, Bess and Jim moved to San Diego. Jim passed away in 1993.

Bess was always very active in her church. She was a lector and chalice bearer and was known for her special talent for pulling together receptions and luncheons for special occasions. It was while serving as a lector that she met her beloved (the Rev.) Bob Tally at St. Bartholo-mew’s Episcopal Church. As Bess and Bob got to know each other, Bess shared stories about her growing up years. She said, “When I was a young girl I wanted to be a nun; but then I discovered boys!” Bob proposed to Bess on Christmas Eve 1996 and when he asked her to marry him she responded, “Sure.” She had thought that Bob was kidding her.

One of Bess’ loves was the theater. She worked as a volunteer at the Old Globe Theater in San Diego, working in the costume shop and various other capacities as a long-time member of the Globe Guilders auxiliary. She was also very active working in St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church thrift store.

Bess loved the Lord and loved serving him in the church. She developed Alzheimer’s near the end of her life, but was blessed to know Bob and her daughter, her son Jim, and son-in-law Chuck until her passing on June 4, 2012.

A funeral service will be held at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, 101 S. Lea St., on Saturday, June 9, 2012, at 2 p.m.

Memorial gifts may be made to St. Stephen’s Anglican Church or the Roswell Community Little Theater.

Please share your thoughts and memories with the family in the online register at

Services are under the direction of Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory.

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