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Clara Jessie
  • December 30, 1938
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  • October 25, 2020

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        Clara Marie Jessie           

Port Charlotte, FL.

Clara M. Jessie, 81, passed away unexpectedly on October 25th at Lee Memorial Hospital.She was born Dec. 30th, 1938 in Petersburg, MI.  The daughter of Guy H. and Esther Marie (Goede) Schmid.

Clara (Clare) enjoyed a career as a Cosmetologist at the Beauty Nook in Dundee, MI and later opened her own business, “The Salon,” in Milan, MI.  There she met Roy V. Jessie, and they were married in March of 1976. Together they moved back to Dundee, where she opened “CJ’s Dundee,” a custom T-Shirt shop, adjacent to Roy’s business, the AMOCO Oil Company.  She was also a part of Dundee’s Old Mill Restoration Committee, helping to coordinate many of their fundraising activities.

Clare moved to Southwinds in Sarasota, FL, where she enjoyed many friendships. She also loved volunteering at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium. In addition to volunteering she had many creative hobbies, one of which was crocheting baby caps for newborns and preemies for local hospitals and for the homeless.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Roy, and her stepdaughters, Cyndi and Chris Jessie.

Surviving is one brother, Guy Thomas (Tom) Schmid and wife Jane of Falmouth, MI, and sister Tina (Perron) Schmid and husband Jim, of Port Charlotte, FL.  Step daughters, Carla (Curtis) Jessie and Cheryl (Sam) Jessie of MI, nephew, Jason Perron, and niece, Stefanie (Perron) Spagnola, both of FL,  and niece, Sara Ruffins, of MI.

A private remembrance of Clare’s life and scattering of her ashes will be held at a later date.

Those who wish to remember Clare in a special way may make gifts in her memory to Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236.

Arrangements by Baldwin Brothers Funeral and Cremation Society

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  1. Joanne Evans says:
    21 Mar 2021
    Clare was a good friend to my mom after my dad died. She took us to mote marine too !
    Rest In peace

  2. Joanne Evans says:
    21 Mar 2021
    Clara, was a nice , sweet lady ...
    She was a good friend to my mom after my dad died! We went to mote marine with her many times too!
    Rest In Peace

  3. Mona Baker says:
    22 Nov 2020
    I am so grateful to have known Clair as a very special friend. For the last several years we enjoyed many hours of thought provoking conversations. She had a wonderful curiosity and so, was a terrific resource for both interesting and helpful ideas. She had the most beautiful smile and wonderful sense of humor that she never missed the opportunity to share for a welcome moment of laughter. She was skilled in many crafts, particularly in the art of creating beautiful paper flowers. She used to bring them to the clinic to share with other patients undergoing treatments to brighten their day. Clair touched my life in so many lovely ways, she will always be just a fond memory away. For that I am so very grateful......

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