Bessie Lee Morgan - NOVEMBER 2, 1925 – OCTOBER 24, 2018

by Placerville Newswire / Nov 02, 2018 / comments

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Bessie Lee Morgan, 92 years old, of Placerville, California, passed away on October 24, 2018 of natural causes. Bessie was born on November 2, 1925 in Honolulu, Hawaii to TR and Gertrude Evans. After Bessie graduated, she moved to the States and joined the US Navy in 1943 and served until 1948. She then became acquainted with the famous Rodeo promoter Cotton Rosser, and in 1949, she held the title as World Champion Calf Roper, and won many other championships at the L.A. Coliseum. During this time she also worked numerous cattle ranches and yards as Head Foreman. 

In 1959, Bessie took a position with the San Pedro Police Department as a Police Officer until the mid-1960s. In October of 1965, Bessie met and married her soul-mate, Robert Morgan, and in 1978, Bessie, Robert, and their son, Michael, moved to NorCal, to start their new family. Bessie got into Real Estate and sold many properties in the area until the mid-1990s. Ever since she arrived to the Placerville area, Bessie was always more than just a Homemaker. She was a woman who wore many different hats; she was a volunteer Firefighter/EMT with the Diamond Springs-El Dorado Fire Department, volunteered over thirty years with Cal-Fire/CDF at the El Dorado “Y”, and was even part of the El Dorado County Sheriffs “STAR” program for over twenty-five years! 

As you can see, Bessie loved her community and helping others. Not only did she love her community, but she loved her family even more. And in typical Bessie fashion, family even included her two dogs, Max and Maggie and the many other animals that she brought home, like horses, goats and cows! Bessie always had a pocket full of doggie biscuits just in case. 

Bessie also loved to travel, both local and abroad. From taking weekend trips to Lake Tahoe with her dogs and son, to traveling outside of her comfort zone to places such as Alaska, Hawaii, the Virgin Islands and Tahiti, Bessie was always on the go. You could even experience all the places she had been just by all the knick-knacks throughout her home. 

Bessie was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Robert Morgan. She is survived by her son, Michael Morgan, and her sister, Betty Geartz. Bessie was always grateful to Chris and Patty for always being there, and to the Fire Department, Cal-Fire and the Sheriff’s Office. Bessie will be missed by her son, her sister, her friends, and the great agencies she served alongside with. 

A Graveside service is scheduled for Bessie on November 2, 2018 at 11:00am, at Westwood Hills Memorial Park, 2720 Cold Springs Road, Placerville, California. In lieu of flowers, Bessie requests that donations be made to the El Dorado County Animal Services-West Slope, 6435 Capitol Avenue, Diamond Springs, California 95619. Please join us in remembering Bessie Lee Morgan, by visiting our Memorial at Through this website, we invite you to share your thoughts and fond memories with our family.