Bessie was predeceased by her husband of twenty-five years, Lt. Col. William B. Akerley, PE, RCE. Also predeceased by her father, John Lauchlan MacQuarrie of Caledonia, her mother Mary (Mame) Frances (Bubar) MacQuarrie of Baring Maine; her brother, James MacQuarrie, and sisters, Ethel MacLean, Agnes Fraser and Clara Boddington.
She is survived by her son W.J. Brian Akerley (Nancy) of New Maryland, NB, by her daughter A. Suzanne Toole (Frederick) of Saint John, NB and by her grandchildren Anna-Marie Burris (Dayle), James B. Akerley (Monica), William T. Akerley (Sherry), Colleen R. Toole (Colin Nordholt), Erin M.Toole (Ian Rice), and Sean M.F. Toole (special friend Tamara Chase). Bessie is also survived by her great grandchildren Erika R. Mollegaard, Amy E. Mollegaard, Kate O. Burris, Jason J.R. Akerley, Bradley T. Akerley, Emilie L.G. Akerley, Morgan S. Akerley, Caleb G. Akerley, Luca J. Akerley, Garrett W. Akerley, Finn G. Nordholt, and Jack F. Rice; as well as special nieces Mary Kegley-Bucklin, of Wytheville, Virginia,Elma Perry of Brick, New Jersey and many other nieces and nephews throughout much of Eastern North America.
Bessie began her early education in Nova Scotia and completed her education in Saint John where she worked as a hairdresser until the time of her marriage in 1939. Later she went on to become a Registered Nursing Assistant. Bessie loved nursing and was dedicated to patient care until the time of her retirement. She was instrumental in establishing the University of New Brunswick William and Edward Akerley Scholarship Fund in 1992. She is noted especially for her mobility, which began with her marriage to Bill when he was employed with the Armed Forces.
William B Akerley
1907–1964 (m. 1939)