LINCOLNVILLE – Bessie Manary Dean, wife of the late Cranston Blake Dean, and beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother, died Aug. 25, 2011, at Waldo County General Hospital, Belfast. Born Oct. 21, 1917, Bessie, a lifelong resident of Lincolnville, was the daughter of the late Herbert L. Heal and Fannie (Eugley) Heal.
Active throughout her life, she enjoyed tending her garden, working on crossword and jigsaw puzzles, and baking for visiting friends and relatives. A congregant at United Christian Church, Lincolnville, she enjoyed singing in the choir for many years. She was an active member of Tranquility Grange and Order of the Eastern Star. She was involved for many years as a volunteer with Kno-Wal-Lin and a participant in many programs of the Cooperative Extension Service. She was involved as an officer of Union Cemetery Association. She was the first woman to fly solo in Maine, having taken lessons in Rockland.
Bessie was predeceased by three brothers, Vernon, Kendon and Roland Heal; two sisters, Selma Cilley and Muriel Richardson; and a grandson, Michael Dean. She is survived by sons, Herbert Dean and his wife, Francis, and James Dean and his wife, Pierrette; a daughter, Mary Caliro and her husband, Joseph; nine grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
Friends are invited to visit 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30, at Long Funeral Home, 9 Mountain St., Camden. The funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, at United Christian Church, 18 Searsmont Road, Lincolnville, with the Rev. Dr. Susan Stonestreet officiating. A light luncheon will be held after the service. Burial will be at Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, friends may make contributions to United Christian Church, P.O. Box 288, Lincolnville Center, ME 04850 or Tranquility Grange No. 344, care of Rosemary Winslow, 6 Winslow Drive, Lincolnville, ME 04849. Friends may leave condolences online at