Elizabeth Ann Cross Bessette, 89, of Antwerp passed away Sunday, June 4, 2023 at Bryan Healthcare and Rehabilitation.
Betty was born in Allen Park, MI on May 28, 1934, a daughter of the late Mary (Lehman) Edwards and William Kuhn.
She was a 1952 graduate of Defiance High School. Betty held several jobs after her children were older
including working at the Vagabond Village, Kammeyers IGA and later becoming the activities director at
Dallas Lamb Foundation Home, Payne and Total Care in Paulding. Betty’s most favorite job was caring for her husband, children and grandchildren. She will be remembered for the pride she took in raising her family and the kindness she showed to others. She was a lifetime and faithful member of the Antwerp United Methodist Church.
Betty will be sadly missed by her children, Bob (Marsha) Cross of Antwerp and their children Leslie and Nathan; Mary Brown of Antwerp and her children Mindi, Chris, Kim and Elizabeth; Kathy (Tony) Lee of Greensboro, NC and children Jerrid, Kasey and Jimmy; Scott (Janis) Cross of Springboro, OH and children Nick and Cameron; Ken (Carolyn) Cross of Harpers Ferry, WV and children Katie, Kendra, Jami, Amanda
and Aimee; Julie (Roger) Reece of Fort Wayne, IN and children Rob, Abby and Wesley; her brother Charlie (Carol) Edwards of Defiance and 33 great grandchildren and one on the way! In as much as she will be missed by her family, it is comforting to know she has now been reunited with the love of her life, our father and grandfather Ora.
Besides her husband Ora, she was also preceded by her husband Martin Bessette and her siblings Rosemary Sanborn and Sharon Turner.
Viewing is 4-7 pm on Thursday, June 8, 2023, at the Antwerp Global Methodist Church, 202 E. River Street Antwerp, Ohio.
Betty’s service is 10:30am on Friday, June 9, 2023, with viewing 9:30-10:15 am at the church.
She will be laid to rest at Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp.
Memorials are to Antwerp Global Methodist Church or the Alzheimer's Association.
Fond memories may be shared at dooleyfuneralhome.com
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