Arline O'Donnell

ORANGE — Arline (Bessett) O’Donnell, 66, of Shingle Brook Rd., passed away Nov. 22, 2015, after a long battle with cancer.

She was the daughter of the late Albert and Blanche (LaFranchise) Bessett of Ware.

She was a gamer, New England Patriots fan, and a lover of country music. She enjoyed working in her yard and tending to her beautiful roses, the ocean and sun bathing. 

She was always up for a good scary movie, and enjoyed keeping up with current events and politics.

Most of all she loved spending time with her family and her two dogs, Woofie and Princess.

She leaves a brother, Albert “Seaboy” Bessett Jr.; her partner, Henry Martin Sr.; a daughter, Laurie Goodine and husband Robert of St. Petersburg, Fla; a son, Henry Martin Jr. and wife Ellen of Erving; daughters, Susan Martin her partner Ron Chambers, Christine Sawin and her partner Ron Cutler, and Kathy Martin and her partner Ricky Cox, all of Orange.

She also leaves nine grandchildren, Amanda Albano (Goodine), Ron Chambers Jr., Jerome Martin, Travon Godette, Eric Sawin II, Xavier Godette, Calista Sawin, Hunter Martin and Jayden DelGado; two great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. 

She was predeceased by her husband, Robert O’Donnell; a brother, Atalard “Herkie” Bessett; sister, Blanche “Dolly” (Bessett) Martin; brother, Arthur “Joe” Bessett; and sister, Tina (Bessett) Gauthier. 

To sign the online guest book, visit

Mack Family Funeral Homes, Fiske-Murphy & Mack location, 110 New Athol Rd., Orange, is assisting with arrangements.

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