Josephine "Sookie" P. Chaney, 69

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BATH — Josephine “Sookie” P. Chaney, 69, died on Aug. 7 at Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick.

She was born in Bath on Feb. 18, 1943, a daughter of Arthur F. and Shirley H. (Alexander) Murphy. Chaney attended Phippsburg schools. On Aug. 18, 1962, she married Merle L. Chaney Jr.

Chaney enjoyed camping, jigsaw puzzles, knitting, dice, card games and board games. But her greatest passion was spending time with her family, grandchildren and great-grandson.

She is predeceased by her father, Arthur F. Murphy; her granddaughter, Stephanie N. Westrum; and her mother, Shirley H. Murphy.

Chaney is survived by her husband, Merle L. Chaney Jr., of Phippsburg; a daughter, Leticia “Tish”  Westrum, and her husband, Jeffrey, of Phippsburg; son Daren Chaney and his wife, Dina, of Phippsburg; son Merle Chaney III and his wife, Minnie, of Phippsburg; son Todd Chaney, of Phippsburg; a sister, Ivirna Trembley, of Bath; three grandchildren, Katie Westrum, Ryan Chaney and Tori Jones; a great-grandson, Lochlan Aldridge; and many nieces and nephews.

Honoring her wishes, no memorial service will be held. Memorial contributions may be made to The Phippsburg Fire And Rescue, P.O. Box 83, Phippsburg, ME 04562.

Arrangements are by Daigle Funeral Home, 819 High St., Bath. Condolences may be made online at

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