11/18/47 NYT Caption: Mrs. Harry S. Truman, wife of the president, visited a bazaar for French Relief at the French Embassy today. Mrs. Truman purchases flowers from Odile Halensi, 9-year-old flower girl, as she leaves the bazaar. Left to right: Madam Bonnet, wife of the French Ambassador, Miss Halensi, Ernist Hertay, Butler for the Embassy, who holds the things Mrs. Truman Bought, and Mrs. Truman.
Bess Truman gratly disliked the world of Washington D.C. and the role of the First Lady. Still, as First Lady she served as Honorary President of the Girl Scouts, the Women's National Democratic Club, and the Washington Animal Rescue League. She was Honorary Chairman of the American Red Cross. You can read more about her at the Truman Library.