2015-07-17 / Obituaries

Bessie Ruth Paul

Bessie Ruth Paul, 78, of West Kennebunk died July 9, 2015 at Southern Maine Health Care in Biddeford with her loving children at her side, after a 23-year battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Bessie was born May 6, 1936 in Woodland, one of 12 children born to Walter and Helen (Patterson) Little. She spent most of her adult life caring for her family.

Bessie loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Being very social, she also enjoyed visiting with friends and dancing. She enjoyed traveling with her husband, Jimmy, her brother, Sterling, and her sister, Rosie. During quiet times she solved word search puzzles. She was a supporter of the Animal Welfare Society in West Kennebunk.

Bessie is dearly missed by her husband of 44 years, James Edward Paul; her son, Walter Brown, Jr. and his wife, Susan of Kennebunk; her daughters, Shirley Ames of Arundel, Catherine Brown and her husband, Russell Sr. of Kennebunk, and Laurie Valliere and her wife Nikki of Biddeford; her siblings, Rosie Cluff, Sterling Little and his wife, Yvette, Walter Little and his wife, Peggy, Harvey Little, Butchie Little, Joan Pelky and Alberta Whitmore; ten grandchildren; nineteen great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held July 13 at Bibber Memorial Chapel, Kennebunk. A funeral service as held at the chapel with the Rev. James King from the Kennebunk Baptist Church. Interment followed at Pine Grove Cemetery in West Kennebunk.

Arrangements are in care of Bibber Memorial Chapel.

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