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Bessie D. Staples Collamore
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Birth: Apr. 24, 1934
Knox County
Maine, USA
Death: Jul. 30, 2012
Knox County
Maine, USA

Bessie D. Collamore, 78, died Monday July 30, 2012, at Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport. She was born April 24, 1934, in Rockland to Herbert J. Staples, Sr. and Jessie Poland Staples. She grew up and attended schools in Rockland, Loud's Island and South Portland. She earned her G.E.D. at Medomak Valley High School in 1977.

She married Gilbert W. Collamore, Sr. on June 14, 1958. She worked as a C.N.A. for many years at Fieldcrest Manor in Waldoboro. She was the charge nurse her last two years at Fieldcrest. She was a member of the V.F.W. Auxilliary.

Her family was her life and she was always there for them. She loved her cat, Tiger, her sixth kid as she used to say. She loved country music, dancing, roller skating, ice skating and was the loving caretaker of her family. She was predeceased by her brothers, Paul Staples and Herbert J. Staples, Jr.

She is survived by: her husband of 54 years, Gilbert W. Collamore, Sr. of Bremen; daughters, Paula McWilliams of Rockport, April DeVarney and her husband Bruce of Rockland, Kimberley Cooper and her husband Andrew Stillson of Auburn; sons, Gilbert Collamore, Jr. and his companion Patricia Hoch of Waldoboro, Clinton Collamore, Sr. and his wife Mary of Waldoboro; brother, George Staples and his wife Linda of Florida; grandchildren, Peggy Callahan of Rockland, Billie Jo McWilliams of Rockland, Larry Reed, Jr. of Rockland, Denita Dawn McWilliams of Rockland, Paula Jo Ryder of Clinton, Massachusetts, Pauline McWilliams of Camden, Alicia McWilliams of Warren, Brooke Simmons of Friendship, Jessie Cooper of Warren, Laci DeVarney of Rockland, Kathleen Deabler of Waldoboro, Amber Ley Benoit of Waldoboro, Benjamin Rackliff of Cushing, Clinton Collamore, Jr. of Waldoboro, Cody Alan Collamore of Thomaston; many great grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Sonja Staples of Lincolnville.

Visiting hours will be held 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, August 2, at the Hall Funeral Home, 949 Main Street in Waldoboro. The funeral will be held 10 a.m., Friday, August 3, at the Hall Funeral Home with Pastor Tom Rawley officiating. Burial will follow in the Hillside Cemetery in Bremen.

You are invited to share your condolences with the family by visiting their Book of Memories at

Arrangements are entrusted to Hall Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 949 Main Street, Waldoboro.

Published in The Free Press 
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  Gilbert W. Collamore*
  Paula Jessica McWilliams (1951 - 2015)*
*Calculated relationship
Hillside Cemetery
Lincoln County
Maine, USA
Created by: Rebecca
Record added: Sep 08, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 96724798
Bessie D. <i>Staples</i> Collamore
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