May 24, 1932 – September 15, 2021
Marjorie Bessey, age 89, passed away peacefully Wednesday, September 15, 2021 surrounded by the love of her family (and her naughty dog Toby). Marjorie was the third child born to Donald and Frances Buech May 24, 1932 in Traverse City, MI. She is survived by her two younger sisters who say there was never a dull moment growing up with her quick wit and sassy charm.
A longtime resident of Byron Center, MI, her community knew her as Marge, or Mrs. Bessey. To her eight lucky children (five girls, three boys), she was Mom. Her 25 grandkids were fortunate to know her as Grandma Bessey, Grandma Jazz (during the time she owned that crazy yorkie) or simply Gram. In 1999, she was promoted to Grandma Great, and that’s really what suited her best. To know her was to know greatness. Her virtuous character and devotion to her faith (as a longtime member of Woodhaven Christian Reformed Church) were truly admirable.
Her humble nature and generous spirit yielded her many lifelong friends. They enjoyed taking trips together, going out to eat, and playing cards.
Above all, Marjorie loved her large, loud, and crazy family with all her heart. She cherished their many get togethers throughout the years. Housekeeping never took precedence over having her grandkids over to swim in her pool, reading the next great book on her list, or the chance to go out and have a good time. She will be greatly missed by all who were blessed to know her.
Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, September 19, 2021 at Cook Funeral Home in Byron Center, 2067 84th St., Byron Center, Michigan. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Monday, September 20, 2021 at the funeral home, with visitation from 10-10:45 a.m. prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. The family welcomes memories and messages in their guest book online at www.cookcaresbyron.com.
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Janna Van Egmond
September 16, 2021
I have so many good memories of Aunt Marge when she came to Tucson to stay with mom (Norma Walcott). They were "two peas in a pod" and loved to spend time traveling around or just being together! In 2015, although they had no idea how to use a computer, we would set one up so they could look at updates of people who had been on Lawrence Welk years and years ago! It was so cute. Although I am sad she has left this life, I am thankful for her many years of life, that she was not in pain and that she was able to have her beloved family with her! Janna Walcott Van Egmond