Waterford - Bessie Irene Catherine (Days) Hume, 84, died peacefully with her family at her side, on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, at Bride Brook Health & Rehabilitation Center in Niantic.
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Born on Nov. 12, 1928, in her Grove Street home in New London, the daughter of Richard J. and Bessie (Collins) Days, she was raised in New London and attended Winthrop and Jennings School. She graduated with merit from Chapman Technical High School in 1947. She received her LPN nursing license after graduating with honors from Norwich Regional Vocation School and the Backus School of Nursing, as president of her class. Bessie worked as a staff nurse at New London Convalescent Home for nearly 20 years.
Bessie created an open and happy home for her children and the neighborhood kids. Growing up on the avenues, the Hume house was known as the gathering place in the neighborhood. She was not only a devoted mother but contributed to raising each of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well. Known affectionately as "Gram" to many, she was full of spirit, sound advice, and was someone who everyone loved to visit.
Bessie had a gift and passion for design. She enjoyed sewing; making quilts for her family was a favorite. She designed and sewed her own wedding gown and those of each of her sisters. Her daughter, Mary, and granddaughter, Christina, had the benefit of wearing one-of-a-kind prom dresses. None of Bessie's children or grandchildren ever wore a store bought costume. Every Halloween, all of the kids came over to "shop" in Gram's Halloween closet and special costumes were made upon request.
Not only was Bessie a seamstress, her artistic passion extended to sketching, playing the violin, and playing the piano. Her creative eye and skillful work could be seen in the gardens she designed, including her beautiful hand-built stone walls.
Bessie was a member of St. Paul in Chains Church and was active as a charter member of the Ladies Guild. Later in life, she became interested and passionate about genealogy and creating books for each of her family members.
Bessie "Gram" was loved by her family and friends and will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
Bessie is survived by her children and their spouses, Patrick and Deborah Hume of Preston, Mary and Rodney Pinkham of Waterford, Thomas and Melissa Hume of Waterford; daughters-in-law, Kim Hume of Voluntown, Roberta Hume of Etowah, Tenn.; her sisters, Judy Kent and Helen Roche and sister-in-law, Rose Days, all of Quaker Hill. She is also survived by her 10 grandchildren, Christina Hume Pellegrino Jessuck, Erica Hume Newfang, Nicole Hume, Richard Hume Jr., Joshua Hume, Brittany Hume, Rodney Pinkham III, Jacqueline Pinkham, Julia Reagan, and Tyler Washington; her eight great-grandchildren, Anna Pellegrino, John Pellegrino, Anthony Hume Jessuck, Charlotte Jessuck, Paige Jessuck, Ava Besade, Brooklyn Hume, Reagan Newfang.
Her parents, Richard and Bessie Days; her sons, Edward Hume Jr., Robert Hume, and Richard Hume; her grandson, Patrick Hume Jr.; her brother, Richard Days III; and sisters, Elinor Guthrie and Kathleen Days, predeceased Bessie.
The funeral will assemble at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, at the Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home, 12 Ocean Ave., New London. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday in St. Paul Church, with entombment to follow in St. Mary Mausoleum. There will be a calling hour from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Monday.
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Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home
12 Ocean Avenue New London, CT 06320
Published in The Day on Dec. 2, 2012