Bessie Mae Sinclair

August 10, 1927 ~ June 19, 2022 (age 94)


Bessie Mae Sinclair was born Aug. 10, 1927, in Hornbeak, Tenn., the daughter of Grant and Odie (Prince) Rainey. Bessie passed away on Sunday, June 19, 2022, at Rose Arbor Hospice Residency in Kalamazoo, Mich.

On June 7, 1947, Bessie Rainey and Arthur Sinclair Sr. were united in marriage. She was formerly employed at Rudy’s Manufacturing of Dowagiac. She loved to cook especially for all of the family gatherings, as for her hobbies, she like to work in her garden and can what she grew, and crochet.

Arthur precedes Bessie in passing along with her parents; two sisters: Louise and Willie Maude; and one brother, Julius.

Bessie leaves behind to cherish her memory her loving family of four children: Patricia (Floyd) Johnson of Lawrence, Bob (Kathy) Sinclair of Hartford, Shirley (Mike) Griffin of Warren, Mich., and Arthur Sinclair of Niles; nine grandchildren; twenty one great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; and many other family members and friends.

The family will welcome friends from 1-2 p.m. on Friday, June 24, at the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford where the service to honor Bessie’s memory will follow. Pastor Lonnie Truelove will officiate. Bessie will be laid to rest next to Arthur in Maple Hill Cemetery in Hartford Township. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Bessie’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society. Those wishing to leave a memorial condolence for the family may do so on our website at

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June 24, 2022

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Calvin Funeral Home
8 East Main Street, Post Office Box 96
Hartford, MI 49057

Funeral Service
June 24, 2022

2:00 PM
Calvin Funeral Home
8 East Main Street, Post Office Box 96
Hartford, MI 49057


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