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Obituary: Catherine Bessette-Kirby, 1975-2020

A "friend to everyone" is remembered for her loving support

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Catherine Bessette-Kirby
  • Catherine Bessette-Kirby

In loving memory of Catherine Jean Bessette-Kirby, born in Burlington, Vt. Catherine was 44 years old and was living in Colchester, Vt., at the time of her passing. We are saddened by this tremendous loss on Saturday, January 11, 2020, in Hogansburg, N.Y., at her favorite casino.

Catherine was a loving, supportive wife of Gerald (Jay) Kirby Jr. She was the perfect mother of two daughters, Maranda (26) and Myra (21), their partners Cody and Matt, and her dog-son Oliver, of Burlington. She was the stepmother of three children, Malichi, Jonah and Rainia. She was the daughter of Sally Bessette and Carl Bessette. She was the oldest sister of five, Jamie, Krista, Molly, Freya and Leah. She was a funny, energetic and loving aunt of 10, Jack, Alana, William, Matthieu, Kimberly, Eric, Lyla, Jaydin, Kelsey and Ophelia.

Catherine was a beautiful and bright soul who lit up every room she walked into. She was a constant example of a genuine human being. She never left anyone behind or out. Gerald met Catherine at Broadacres Bingo; they became the best of friends and, on June 9, 2014, Gerald became her other half.

Catherine knew almost all of Vermont. She was known for her beautiful smile and radiant blue eyes. She gifted her resilient attitude, forgiving love and true guidance to any type of person, no matter their hardships, and this was what was special about her. She will be missed more than anything in the world. We love you so much.

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