Mrs. Elizabeth D. "Bessie" Reyell, 96, of Beartown Road, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, at her home with family by her side. She was born in Beartown on Jan. 29, 1921, the daughter of the late Fred and Hattie (St. Germain) Rivers.
Bessie operated the concession stand at Beartown Ski Area for 35 years and was a parishioner of St. Alexander's Church. She helped operate the family farm and numerous family owned businesses. She enjoyed quilting, doing puzzles, her dogs, sitting on the front porch and spending time with family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Francis "Buzz" and Linda O'Connell-Reyell, Fred and Kathy Reyell, David Reyell and companion Art McKee, all of Beartown; two daughters and sons-in-law, Theresa and Lowell Way of Beekmantown, Cindy and David Rock of Beartown; 10 grandchildren, Martha Breyette and companion Chris Trombley, Jessica and Scott Dukett, Jeremy and Darcy Way, Bill Reyell, Laura and Brian Gokey, Peter Reyell and companion Lori Babbie, Joe and Wendy Reyell, Jason Reyell, Beckie and Becky McKee, Jon and Jenn McKee; 18 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Her husband, Francis Norris Reyell, passed away on Aug. 26, 1998. Two brothers and sisters-in-law, Frederick and Mary Rivers, William and Margaret Rivers, and six sisters and their spouses, Evelyn Thompson, Florence and Henry Sears, Gertrude and Al Bushey, Isabelle and Donald Bryan, Edith and Wilbur Stanton, Dorothy and Donald Reyell, and her two canine companions, Missy and Heidi, also passed away earlier.
Calling hours will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, September 15, at the Brown Funeral Home, 29 Broad Street in Plattsburgh. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 16, at St. Alexander's Church in Morrisonville. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery. Memorial donations may be offered to the Elmore S.P.C.A.
Arrangements are entrusted to Brown Funeral Home, 29 Broad St., Plattsburgh, N.Y.(518) 561-3980. Online condolences may be made and memorial candles lit at www.brownfuneralhomeinc.com.
Published on September 13, 2017