Bessie was born in the Rocky Ford community. She is a traditional basket weaver. She received her certificate as Master Craftswoman in 1999, and was also honored with the title of Cherokee National Living Treasure . Bessie has been weaving baskets for over 35 years. She has received numerous awards. Her work can be seen at the Cherokee Casinos and the Spider Gallery. Bessie also teaches basketweaving at the Cherokee Arts Center from time to time.