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Bessie Catherine Hazel Staton

January 3, 2024

Peacefully on Wednesday January 3, 2024, aged 95 years. Loved wife of the late Arthur, loved mother and mother-in-law of Jim and Paula (Hokitika), Rita and Perry Arathimos (Queensland), and Mike and Mia (Melbourne), loved nana of Chris, and Allan; Catherine, Angela, and Steve; and Connor, and Ashlyn; a loved nana, great-nana, great-great-nana, sister, aunty and friend. Messages to 51 Sale Street, Hokitika 7810, or can be left on Bessie’s tribute page at A Service to celebrate Bessie’s life will be held in Thompson’s Riverside Chapel, 88 Gibson Quay, Hokitika, on Tuesday January 9, commencing at 1.00pm. Private cremation to follow.


  1. Suzanne Theyers/Vercoe

    Bessie was a lovely lady. I used to care for Bessie when she lived in her home. She would turn her old bread into the finest crumb for the birds. Sending love to Jim, Paula, Chris and Logan. Rest in love Bessie. A life well lived.

  2. Nancy Woolhouse

    Thinking of you all at this sad time.

  3. Judy Wilson

    Condolences to all the family.

  4. Frances stapleton

    My sincere sympathy to the family I enjoyed meeting up with Bessie.on my visits to Allen Bryant Bessie was a gentle lady ,quiet and smiling always enjoyed solving her word puzzles Rest on Peace Bessie

  5. Liz and Kyle Scott

    Hi Jim, Paula and family.

    We are sorry for the loss of this lovely lady
    What an amazing age the memories and stories over her years are what we treasure.
    She will be sadly missed
    Thinking of you all


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