Elizabeth A. ("Betty") Durant, 84, of Massena


Massena - Elizabeth A. ("Betty") Durant, 84, of Ransom Avenue, passed away on April 3, 2013 at the St. Regis Nursing Home, surrounded by her loving family.

Betty was born in Massena on March 25, 1929, the daughter of Alfons and Anna (Medwick) Smith.

She graduated from Massena Central High School in 1946 and earned B.A.s in English and Spanish from the College of St. Rose in 1950. She then attended Albany State Teachers College where she received her Master's degree in guidance.

Betty taught high school in Rockville Center and Ellenburg Depot, NY before returning to Massena Central High in the late 1950's to teach English and Spanish.

On August 8, 1959, she married James E. Durant at Sacred Heart Church in Massena.

In 1966, she returned to teaching English at Holy Family High School in Massena, where she remained until it closed in 1975. She continued her teaching career at Massena Central until her retirement in 1991.

She was a member of College Club, the NY State Teachers Association, the Massena Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, the bereavement group at Sacred Heart, and the Juvenile Conference Committee. Betty also volunteered for Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley.

Betty Durant enjoyed travel, reading, entertaining for family and friends, playing bridge and knitting, as well as swimming and snow skiing in her younger years.

She is survived by three daughters and a son: Michele Durant of Cornwall, ON, Mary Mittiga (Frank) of Massena, Ann Treers  (Don Dickinson) of Massena, and James Durant of Los Angeles, CA; three grandchildren:  Abby Treers of Massena, and Sean and Anthony Baca (Cornwall, ON), one  brother, James "Jigger" Smith of Houston, TX, and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband Jim in September 2000 and three brothers, Tony, (Troy, NY), and Charles and Herman Smith, both of Massena.

A Mass of Resurrection will be held on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 12:00pm at Sacred Heart Church in Massena with the Rev. Joseph Elliott officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Phillips Memorial Home in Massena on Monday, April 8 from 2 - 4pm and 7 - 9pm.

Contributions may be made to the "Betty Durant Memorial Scholarship" fund which has been set up at the Massena Savings and Loan Bank, 255 Main Street, Massena, NY 13662.

Online condolences may be made to www.phillipsmemorial.com.

Sunday, October 4, 2015
, Watertown, NY
More On Demand

Funeral Homes Listings

Jefferson County:

Bossuot-Lundy Funeral Home, Carthage

Calarco, D.L. Funeral Home, Watertown

Costello Funeral Service, Alexandria Bay

Cummings Funeral Service
Watertown - 315-782-0830
Clayton - 315-686-5101

Frederick Bros Funeral Home, Theresa

Hart & Bruce Funeral Home, Watertown

Johnson Funeral Home, Dexter

Reed & Benoit Funeral Home, Watertown

Cleveland Funeral Home, Watertown

Cleveland Funeral Home,,Cape Vincent

Becker-Cleveland Funeral Home, Chaumont

Bezanilla-McGraw Funeral Home, Carthage

Carpenter-Stoodley, Belleville

T.R. Jetty Funeral Home, Clayton

Piddock Funeral Home, Adams

Lewis County

Adirondack Funeral Home, Croghan

Iseneker Funeral Home, Lowville

Scanlon Funeral Home, Croghan

Scanlon Funeral Home, Harrisville

Sundquist Funeral Home, Lowville

St. Lawrence County

IslandView Funeral Services, Morristown

Hammill Funeral Home, Winthrop

Buck Funeral Home, Norwood

Fox-McLellan Funeral Home, Ogdensburg

French Funeral Home, Gouverneur

Green Funeral Home, Gouverneur

Phillips Memorial Home, Massena

Allen-Nichols Funeral Home, Ogdensburg

Frary Funeral Home, Ogdensburg

Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton

O'Leary Funeral Home, Canton

Allen-Denesha Funeral Home, De Kalb Junction
(315) 347-2122

French Funeral Home Inc., Gouverneur

French Funeral Home Inc., Edwards

French Funeral Home Inc., Star Lake

This content requires the latest Adobe Flash Player and a browser with JavaScript enabled. Click here for a free download of the latest Adobe Flash Player.

What's On TonightFull Schedule