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This collection includes accolades, meeting minutes, photographs and other miscellaneous materials.

Bess Cole Spiva was born in 1901, in Galena, Kansas to George Newton Spiva and Bessie Tamblyn Spiva. Her family soon moved to Joplin, Missouri where they stayed. She graduated from Monticello College in Illinois in 1921. In 1923, she married Leroy K. Timmons (1899-1954) and they moved to Pittsburg in 1928. In 1951 she started the Spiva Emergency Loan Fund which became the Spiva Scholarship. In 1966 The Timmons Chapel of All Faiths was built and donated to Pittsburg State University by Mrs. Timmons. In 1985, she started the ABC Trust Fund which also provided scholarships to PSU students. She passed away in June 1985.

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Architecture, Religon and Philosophy, Social Life and Customs


Architecture | History | Religion

Size of Collection

1.4 linear feet

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Manuscript Number

SpC MS 0365

Timmons, Bess Spiva, 1966-2001



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