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