Bess was the second of four children born to Lucie and William Hays. Bess was born on April 12, 1883.
Bess spent her childhood traveling with her brother and sisters and their widowed mother. Bess' mother was a seamstress for traveling shows and light opera companies. It was during this time that Bess learned her sewing skills and eventually followed her mother to the movie studios of Hollywood to work dressing the stars. She also worked as an actress.
Bess Coulter married Orvey J Post (b. 1886; d. 1947). Orvey and Bess had several children - two of the children died in infancy, two of them died as young children. My father's (Hays) older brother O.J. (I assume his given name was the same as his father's) was still living when Hays was born but died a couple of years later. Orvey left Bess during her pregnancy with Hays but came back 10 (plus or minus) years later leaving another pregnancy for Bess to deal with on her own. The child was put up for adoption when she was born in 1924. (note: I have since found this 'child' and she is still living. But that's another post)
Bess Coulter Post died January 11, 1945 in Los Angeles California.
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