Jessie was born in Newfoundland and moved to the state in the late 50's. She became a US citizen in May of 1972 and spent most of her life in Allegany county, especially in Whitesville, Stannards, and Wellsville. She was employed by several establishments, including the Cow Palace in Whitesville. She raised three children on her own. She made sure no one went without a meal, especially on holidays which is why there were always extra guests around the Thanksgiving dinner table (a tradition her son Charley would carry on until his own passing). After marrying Richard, she was a farmer for over thirty-five years and enjoyed her vegetable stand, which was an annual tradition until health concerns prevented its operation. While the stand was in business, Jessie made many friends, and often threw in an “extra” to all her orders. She also loved to make crafts; she crocheted over 400 hats for babies that were given to Strong Memorial Hospital and Oshia Children's Hospital. She had a heart of giving. She loved spending time with her family, notably her grandchildren, and friends. Jessie was also a member of the Whitesville Fireman's Auxiliary.
Jessie is survived by: a daughter, Tracie Edwards of Bolivar; a son, Michael (Mary Bailey) Edwards of Whitesville; seven grandchildren, Jeremy (Leora) Hunt of Austin, TX, Seth Boehnke of Wellsville, Magin (Mike) Dunaway of Wellsville, Emily (Todd McClain) Edwards of Whitesville, Dylon (Felicia) Edwards of Buffalo, Jessica Edwards of Stannards, and Christopher (Heather) Strope of Pennsylvania; eleven great-grandchildren, Honor Harlow Hunt, Autumn (Phil) Bledsoe, Riley Graves, Emma Dunaway, Hannah Dunaway, Izzy Strope, Rylee Strope, Mackenzie Edwards, Layla Edwards, Jill McClain, and Brooke McClain; a brother, Harry (Grace) Maidment of Newfoundland; a sister-in-law, Maisie Maidment of Newfoundland; several Canadian nieces and nephews, including Gerald (Bea) Maidment of Ontario.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by: a son, Stuart Wayne “Charley” (Carla) Edwards; a brother, Willie James Maidment; and a sister, Ada Millicent (Neil Bradley) Pelley.
Friends are invited to call on Friday, October 15, 2021 from 11 AM – 1 PM at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home (34 West State Street) in Wellsville. A graveside service will follow at 1:30 PM with Reverend Dennis Munro presiding in Sacred Heart Cemetery (276 S. Main Street, Wellsville). In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to Whitesville Ladies Auxiliary PO Box 82, Whitesville, NY 14897 or to the Hart House, 141 East State Street, Wellsville, NY, 14895. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.