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Bessie Sayre Sweezey
1917 – 2018
Surrounded by the love of her family and in the warmth of her home of a lifetime, Bessie Sayre Sweezey died peacefully, just past midnight on Monday, November 12, 2018 at the age of 101.
Bessie was born January 22, 1917 at “The Yard” in Jardineville, Kent Co to the late John A Orr and A. Laura (Palmer) Orr. She resided all her life in Loggieville (Miramichi) where her parents had relocated years before her birth.
Bessie was a devoted mother and grandmother who instilled a love for nature and inspired her family with her artistic talents. As a former member of Knox United Church, Bessie was a long time Choir member, Sunday school teacher, Mission Band leader, and UCW member. She continued as a member of the UCW at St. Andrew’s United Church.
Bessie was predeceased by her husband, George A. Sweezey, her grandson, Christopher, her three sisters, Ruth Loggie, Jennie MacLennan and Frances Reid and her one brother, H. Fred Orr.
Bessie is survived by her four sons, Art (Barbara) of Moncton, Paul, with whom she resided, of Miramichi, Doug (Susan) of Miramichi and David (Becky) of Quispamsis. She is also survived by seven grandsons, Erik, Kent, Mark, Philip, Kevin, Jonathan and Matthew Sweezey, and six great grandchildren, Ryan, James, Cameron, Ben, Kate and Sloan Sweezey.
Visitation for Bessie was held at Adams Funeral Home Ltd., 140 King St., Miramichi, on Wednesday from 2-4 ONLY. Funeral service was held on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 11 am from St. Andrew’s United Church, Miramichi with Rev. Charlene Maguire MacKnight officiating. Music for the service was provided by Joanne Wiseman and St. Andrew’s Church Choir and the hymns were “Precious Lord, Take My Hand”, “It Is Well With My Soul”, “Here I Am, Lord” and the recessional hymn was “We Shall Go Out with Hope of Ressurection”. The scripture readings were read by grandsons Kent, Mark, Kevin and Philip Sweezey. The Lighting of the Memory Candle was done by grandson Matthew Sweezey. Sharing of remembrances was given by grandson Erik Sweezey and Statement of Faith was led by grandson Jonathan Sweezey.
Pallbearers were grandsons Erik, Kent, Mark, Philip, Kevin, Jonathan and Matthew Sweezey. Members of the Maude Jardine Unit sat as a group. Interment was held in Pine Grove Cemetery.
As expression of sympathy, memorial donations to St. Andrew’s United Church Fund, Pine Grove Cemetery or a charity of the donor’s choice would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements were entrusted to Adams Funeral Home Ltd., 140 King St., Miramichi, telephone 773-3492 or messages of condolence may be sent online to www.adamsfh.ca