Published DateMEREDITH — Bethany M. Gessner Edney, 91 of Meredith and Lancaster, NH passed away on Friday, June 14 at Forestview Manor, Meredith surrounded by her loving family.
She was born in Lancaster, NH, April 16, 1922 to Jason and Effie (Stickney) Gessner. Beth graduated from Lancaster Academy and attended Mary Hitchcock School of Nursing.
Beth and her husband Herb enjoyed many years traveling and volunteering at the Arizona Boys Ranch in Chandler, AZ and spent many winters in their home in Surprise, AZ. They were volunteers and traveled with Retired Volunteers In Christ Service, providing their talents and service to churches and programs in need. Beth especially enjoyed spending summers in Lancaster at their summer home entertaining friends and family, gardening, camping, ceramics, sewing, stain glasswork, and being part of the Methodist Women's group.
Members of the family include her three daughters, Linda Hersey from Laconia, Charlotte Jackson and husband Don from Bow Mar, Colorado, Cheryl and her husband Philip from Fairfield, Maine. Four grandchildren, Jason and Nathan Hersey of Laconia, Michael Jackson of Highland Ranch, CO , Kellee Jackson of Portland, OR, and two step granddaughters Candy Lessard and Sandy Sargent of Maine. Five great-grandchildren, Matthew and Brian Hersey of Laconia, and Lauren, Brett and Keri of Highland Ranch, CO. She was predeceased by her husband of 69 years, Herbert Edney, in 2011, a great- granddaughter Carrie Jackson, sisters Justine Jackson and Geraldine Swanson and brother Stanton Gessner.
Calling hours will be held at Bailey Funeral Home, 210 Main St., Lancaster on Wednesday June 19 from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. with a celebration of her life to be held at the Lancaster United Methodist Church in Lancaster at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 20.
For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to the Central NH VNA and Hospice, 780 N. Main St., Laconia, NH 03246.
Please go to www.baileyfh.net for more information or to send an online condolence.