Bessie Louise Sabin passed away on May 10, 2020 in Mesa, AZ at the age of 89. She was born March 11, 1931 in Taylor, AZ to Lorenzo Dow Rhoton II and Jennie Brinkerhoff, the 5th of 7 children. She preferred her middle name, and everyone called her Louise or LuLu. Her family moved to Mesa when she was 12. She graduated from Mesa High School, where she made many friends and was a baton twirler on the Rabbette marching squad. She continued her education at ASU. She worked for Western Union before marrying Richard “Dick” D. Sabin on November 23, 1951 in the Mesa Temple. They are the parents of 6 sons and 1 daughter.
Dick and Louise’ lives were busy with scouting, ball games, wrestling matches, dance recitals and family camping trips. After their children were grown, they served a mission to the Dallas Texas Temple. They also served in the Mesa Family History Center and as ordinance workers in the Mesa Temple for many years. Louise was a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where she had the opportunity of serving in many callings. Louise enjoyed playing volleyball, playing games, sewing, making quilts, crocheting, doing puzzles, reading and serving on the election board. She was well known for her homemade bread, plum jelly, scotcheroos, divinity, hand quilted fancy quilts and tied jean camp quilts.
We are sure Louise had a glorious Mother’s Day as she reunited with family members that preceded her in death; her parents, 4 siblings, a grandson and her husband. She will be greatly missed by her 2 surviving siblings; Ted Rhoton and Joyce McCleve, all of her children; Dennis (Nada), Keith, Craig (Sandy), Dale (Nancy), John, Andy (Terri), Jennie (Mike Wood), 24 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Louise was a loyal friend, dedicated church member, devoted wife, loving mother and grandmother. We are thankful for her example, teachings and love. We will miss her stories, easy laugh, silly songs, twinkling eyes and warm hugs.
A private service will be held May 18th at Bunker’s Garden Chapel. It will be broadcast at 10:00 a.m. through zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84696001548?pwd=UHBDTTJOZ21VWHVVMUt4bi9QVWgvUT09. Louise will be laid to rest next to her eternal sweetheart in the City of Mesa Cemetery.