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Great-grandma Bessie Larkin was born in Smithfield, Utah, the daughter of Ira Elias Noble Sr (born 4 Jan 1865 at Smithfield) and Mary Elizabeth Mather (born 3 Oct 1971 at Smithfield). She was given the name Bessie by her parents. Her mother was called "Bessie" by her grandparents which is short for Elizabeth and which, in the Hebrew, means "consecrated to God". She was the 7th of 9 children.
Great-grandma loved education and music and tried to get all that she could, graduating in the top 10 in her class from North Cache High school in 1926. She continued taking music and Red Cross courses when she could. On her first day of school, though, not knowing that there was a recess period during the morning and afternoon sessions, she and her friend Fern Meikle went home at recess time. Her older brother Lorin teased her about it, telling her that since she had now played hooky that the juvenile officer would be after them. This frightened her so badly that she never forgot it.
She also remembers an experience from about this same time in her life when, after coming home from sunday school, her mother had just gone out to the chicken coop to gather the eggs and feed the chickens when a knock sounded on the door. She and her sister rushed to answer it, thinking that it was their grandfather Mather. Just as they were going to turn the knob, they looked up through the glass in the door and there was an Indian [sic] laughing at them. They were so frightened that they ran into the bedroom and crawled under the bed. After this she was a little more reluctant in answering the door.
Great-grandma Bessie loved to sing and sang with a group called "The Bonnie Glee" and later a glee club called the "Gala Glee". The groups were called upon to give various programs for church organizations as well as throughout the valley. Her parents encouraged her and all of her siblings to participate in things like this and her mother made all of her costumes for the events.
She remembers that when she was 13 that she worked during the pea canning campaign at the Morgan Canning Company (you can still see the factory at the south end of Smithfield). The company was trying to capture the world canning record from the Hawaiians and during this time she worked once for a steady 72 hours. They ended up having a breakdown so the Hawaiians kept the record for canning pineapple. When she got home she was so tired that she couldn't sleep.
Great-grandma Bessie composed the words for songs sung by the glee clubs, for variety shows, for political rallies, for the dedication program of the park, and for many other events. She played a pivotal role in music in the ward and community for many years and played in many local operas and musical programs.
Great-grandma Bessie loved to roller skate and sleigh ride. In the winter they would all go and sled down Hind's Hill. Since the mill race was close by, some of the boys would flood the hill at night and it would freeze, making the schooner riding "tops" as great-grandma describes it.
While growing up she helped with the work on the farm and also helped to take care of her grandmother Noble (great-great-great-grandma Noble) who came across the plains with the pioneers when she was only 5 years old, having to walk most of the way herself. Great-grandma Bessie would go to grandma Noble's house to help with the ironing and while there they would sing the songs of Zion. Grandma Noble lived during the times that these songs were written and would tell great-grandma Bessie and her sisters many pioneer experiences during these visits.
Great-grandma loved the chance that she had to travel to New York and meet great-grandpa Coe at the end of his mission. They had a wonderful time at the world's fair there in New York and traveling home, taking in some of the church history sights. When she wrote her life history she said that it was the only vacation that they were able to have.
Great-grandma Larkin always had a strong testimony of family and the importance of being linked together in the gospel. Her desire was to be a beacon light to her family and that her influence would be for good for ages to come. Her instruction to her family and us her descendants is to be prayerful and always seek the Lord in prayer and that in doing so He will guide us. Walk always in His paths and be found serving him all the days of our lives. If we do so, her testimony is that all else will be added unto us.