TOPSHAM — Janine Beverly Glynn “Neenie” Bessey, 47, died unexpectedly Sept. 18.

Born in Bangor, July 28, 1963, a daughter of Bev Webster and John Glynn, she grew up in South Harpswell and attended local schools, Mt. Ararat High School, and Maine Vocational Region 10.

She lived the majority of her adult life in Topsham.

She was trained as a CNA, and worked for several years at Amenity Manor Nursing Home before opening and operating Topsham Daycare for more than 10 years.

After closing the daycare, she spent the next 13 years caring for her disabled niece, Jilanne, in her home. A lifelong caregiver, she was happiest when she was providing for others and making herself useful.

She adored her family and friends, and especially loved children, serving as a second mother to many. With an easy laugh and big personality, she was usually the life of the party.

Her brother, Jay Glynn, predeceased her.

Surviving are her partner, Mary Sherwood; two children, a daughter, Jan Bessey and a son, Alex “Bucky” Bessey; her mother, Bev Webster, and her husband, Tom Webster; two sisters, Jo-Ellyn Sturgeon and her husband Al Sturgeon, Jill Turner, and three brothers, Jamey Glynn and his wife Cindy Glynn, John Glynn, Jimmy Merryman and his wife Sara Merryman; nine beloved nieces and nephews, including two nieces she helped raise, Julie and Jilanne Babb; and many dear friends.

Visiting hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, at the Brackett Funeral Home, 29 Federal St., Brunswick, where a funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 24.

Burial will follow at Rogers Cemetery in Topsham.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Coastal Humane Society, 30 Range Road, Brunswick, ME 04011.

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