Sterling, Bessie Louise of Valleyview Home, St. Thomas, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, on Wednesday, January 18th, 2017,a t the age of 84. Dearly loved wife and best friend of over 63 years of Edward Sterling and loved mother of Brenda Goodwin (Stephen) of New Glasgow, N.S., Rosemary Golden (Larry) of St. Thomas, Dan Sterling of St. Thomas and Patsy Keates (Terry ) of St. Thomas. Dear sister of Anna Turner of Caledonia and the late Kenneth Stafford and the late Elma Cutter. Sadly missed by a number of grandchildren, great grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Predeceased by a granddaughter Stacey Holden. Bessie had worked at the St. Thomas Psychiatric Hospital and later farmed. Bessie was born in St. Thomas on September 5th, 1932, the daughter of the late William and Etta (Cathers) Stafford. She always put family first. The family will receive friends at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin St. St. Thomas on Saturday from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Cremation has taken place. The funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Remembrances may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Elgin or the Valleyview Recreation Fund.