Bessie L. Gaffney-Edwards
Bessie L. Gaffney-Edwards, a longtime Rockaway resident, died October 17. Gaffney-Edwards was born in Union, South Carolina on November 19, 1915. She lived in Rockaway for more than 40 years while working at Booth Memorial Medical Center.
She is survived by her sister, Shirley Crawford (Ronald Sr.); daughters, Jacqueline Edwards Pratt, Sheila Edwards Williams, Joann Edwards Odom and Yvonne Engram (preceded in death); sons, Tyrone Hawthorne Edwards, Reginald Edwards (preceded in death), Dorman Edwards (preceded in death), Santiago Edwards (preceded in death) and Thomas Edwards (preceded in death); grandchildren, Denise Edwards-Ralph, Katrina Edwards- Mack, Eddie Engram Jr., Sheila Engram, Ruthie Waddy, Rosalind Engram, Yolanda Engram-Baker, Beatrice Brinson, Derrick Engram, Juanetta, Cynthia, Khadeja, Anthony, Dondi, Crystal and Santiago Jr. (preceded in death), Cherie, Lisa, Dwayne, Regina, Tijuana, Tiffany, Thomasina, Archie Jr., (preceded in death), Venus, Jeffrey, Tonya, Sabrina, Thomas, Andre, Keith, Antoinette, Aaron, Shelton, Shaurn, Dion, Vashonda, Marcus, Shevonne and Natalie; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews, Thomas Gaffney, Howard Gaffney Jr., Renee George, Gina Dozier, Ronald Dozier and Patrick Dozier; as well a host of friends and Pastors all over the U.S.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney Friendship Chapel, Inwood, New York. Interment took place at Forest Park Cemetery Morganville, New Jersey.