Bessie J.
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Manchester, NH - Bessie J. (Durant) Chase, age 94, of Manchester, N.H., passed peacefully on February 22, 2020, surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Raymond S. Chase who passed away on March 1, 2016.

June, as she preferred to be called was born in Hampton, N.H., on June 2, 1925. She was one of 11 children born to the late Clinton and Lena (Hamel) Durant.

A loving wife and devoted mother and grandmother, she cherished her family. She was proud to be the matriarch of the family. She is survived by her sons, Arnold Janvrin and his wife Karen; and Lance Janvrin and his wife Linda; and her daughter Linda Hill.

Her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren, Charlea Hill and her fiance Mat Moore; Marcus Hill and his fiance Logan Mandile, and their children Kayden, Keagan and Krysa; Tessa Hill; Arnold Janvrin Jr. and his wife Kara, and their two children Cheyenne and Serenity; Keith Janvrin and his wife Annette; Rhonda Burch and her husband Thomas, and their sons Kade Burch and Kevin Fairbanks Jr., and his daughter Skyler; Dawn Marks and her husband Timothy; Andrew Janvrin and his longtime partner Jannel; Anthony Janvrin and his longtime partner Bella Blanchard, and their two children Aiyanna and Anthony Jr; Renee Janvrin and her four children, Stefaney Berroa and her husband Ramon; Brian Lapanne; Julius Quinones and his daughter Lillyanna, and Phoebe Brooks; Kamalea Janvrin and her children, Jaden, Isaack, Dommenik, Briyelle, Aidryel and Treyvon; Krystal Janvrin and her children, Cassidy, Janiyah, Keyara and Demetrius; Heather Spurr and her husband Jared and their daughter Lailah; Meganne Janvrin and her children Brandi and Jeremiah; Victoria Frost and her son Frederick Jr.; Timothy Marks Jr.; Joshua Marks; Kristie Janvrin and her three children, Amanda Janvrin and her children, Aubrey, Avalene and a baby boy on the way; Amber Janvrin; Lance Janvrin III; other important family members she leaves behind, Theresa Ronan and Katelynn Nault.

She is also survived by her sister Mildred Cote and her husband Saul; two brothers Arthur Durant; and Robert Durant and his wife Cindy; along with generations of nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her grandson Lance Janvrin Jr.; three brothers, Hollis, Richard and Walter Durant; and four sisters Ethel Small, Grace Brown, Martha Janvrin, and Gertrude Brown.

June loved watching Wheel of Fortune, Family Feud, Jeopardy, and good ol' Judge Judy as she would say. She loved hanging her clothes out on the line to "get the night air." Yodeling, singing, and cooking fudge and brownies for the grandkids, were some of her favorite things to do. She made sure those who passed through her doors always had a place to stay, a full stomach and money to get wherever they were going. There will never be another person like her and those who knew her will tell stories for decades to come. She leaves a Grand Canyon-sized hole in the lives of everyone who knew and loved her, that will never be filled. She will forever be loved and never forgotten.

In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital in her name. June also requested that no one where black, brown or any other dark colors, instead she wants everyone to wear bright colors and sunhats.

Visiting hours will be held Saturday, February 29, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Highland Chapel of Paul C. Rogers Family Funeral Home,, 2 Hillside Avenue, Amesbury, MA, immediately followed by services from 12 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home and burial at Union Cemetery in Amesbury.
Published on February 26, 2020


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Feb 27, 2020
My thoughts and prayers are with all of “Nan’s” family...a good woman who will be missed dearly😢 She left a legacy for others to follow. I will forever be in her debt for all the love and time she spent with her great-grandchildren grandchildren Krysa Love, Kayden Ray, Keagan James💜💜💜
Charlea Hill
Feb 26, 2020
Nan, I love you with every fiber of my being. I will miss you til the end of my time here, because then I will be able to see you again. You will for always live in my heart! Thank you for helping me become the woman I am today and I will always do my best to keep you proud and keep that smile on your face! Rest well and again I will always love you and miss you! ❤️