Beatrice Clark Bussy, 101, and former longtime resident of Halcottsville, was carried to the welcoming arms of God on the wings of cherubs on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009, in Largo, Florida, where she had been residing for seven years.
Many will remember Beatrice as a superb baker as well as the proprietor of “The Carriage House,” a Bed and Breakfast on Main Street in Halcottsville.
Beatrice “wore many hats,” possessed many talents and was always open to new experiences. Her crowning adventure was to write and publish a book, Sunnyside Farm, which contains stories about her early years growing up on a farm with her mother, Carrie Dutcher Clark, her father, Isaac LaVerne Clark and her many brothers and sisters.
Beatrice and her late husband, Lewis, lived in California for 25 years and returned to their beloved Catskill Mountains in 1975, where they subsequently purchased her uncle’s home on Main Street, Halcottsville, which had been built in the late 1890s to the specifications of her grandfather, Elder John Clark.
Surviving are her sister, Allegra Tomlinson of Halcottsville; a son, Francis and wife Patricia Bussy of Largo, Fla.; grandchildren, Mark and wife Susan Bussy of Dobbs Ferry, Scott and wife Elaine Bussy of Austin, Texas, Stacy and husband Stephen Stringer of Houston, Texas and Lee and wife Milissa Bussy of Kansas City, Mo.; great-grandchildren, Christina and husband Shawn Cook of Kansas City, Mo., Meredith Bussy and Brenner Bussy, Texas and her many beloved nieces, nephews and friends.
A service in celebration of Beatrice’s life will be held at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Margaretville on June 20 with her granddaughter, The Reverend Stacy Bussy Stringer officiating. A reception will follow. All are welcome.