May 27, 2018
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ORONO – Bessie M. Modery, 85, wife of the late Donald M. Modery, passed to the Lord Dec. 29, 2011, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born March 26, 1926, in Wytopitlock, the daughter of Leon and Mildred (Caron) Rosebush.

Bessie touched many lives through her devotion to family and friends, always willing to lend a hand to others while being active in community service and working with the elderly. Her home was the gathering place for all her family and friends.

Bessie is survived by three sons and their wives, David and Paulette Rosebush of Milford, Ralph and Sharon Modery of Sarasota, Fla., and Robert and Donna Modery of Greenbush; one daughter and her husband, Donna and Ron Sailor of Gorham; three brothers, seven sisters, 11 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren; and was a very special mom to TJ. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by four brothers, Paul, Tommy, Robert and Dennis; and her sister, Alice.

Graveside services will be held next May at Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Augusta. Gifts in her memory may be sent to St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, 332 N. Lauderdale St., Box 318, Memphis, TN 38101. A service of Brookings-Smith, Orono Chapel, 72 Main St., Orono. Condolences to the family may be expressed at

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