Mary Alice Bessette

August 31st, 1932 to December 8th, 2020
Mary Alice Bessette, 88, of Fort Gratiot, died Tuesday, December 8, 2020. She was born August 31, 1932 in Geneva, New York to the late Fredrick and Ethyl Yells. She married Andrew Bessette on August 11, 1956 in Geneva, New York. Mrs. Bessette was very athletic in high school playing basketball. She graduated from Skidmore College with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1954. She enjoyed beating her grandchildren in ping pong and playing cards. She was known for her Christmas cookies and was interested in every detail of her families’ lives. She loved being a 20 year career U.S. Air Force military wife traveling the world. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Andrew (ret US Air Force); two sons, Mark (Rhonda) Bessette and Eric (Marlene) Bessette; grandchildren, Brandon Bessette, Blake (Kathryn) Bessette, McKenzi (Garrett) Yerkey, A.J. Bessette, Danielle Bessette, Steven (Raquel) Potter, Joshua Potter and Hunter Potter; 12 great grandchildren; and many loved nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, Fredrick Yells. A Celebration of Life will be held in the Spring of 2021 in Geneva, New York. Memorial contributions may be made to United Way of St. Clair County. Arrangements are by Karrer-Simpson Funeral Home. To send condolences, visit

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