Bettie I. Dillenback Grant, 97, formerly of Clayton

Bettie I. Dillenback Grant, 97, formerly of Clayton

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Bettie I. Dillenback Grant, 97, formerly of Clayton passed away Monday evening, January 8, 2018, at Samaritan Summit Village.

A calling hour will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton on Monday, January 15, from 11:30AM - 12:30PM followed by the funeral service at 1PM with Rev. Jennifer Kenna, of Christ Episcopal Church, presiding. Burial in the spring will be in Clayton Cemetery.

Bettie was born in Watertown on June 20, 1920, daughter of Fred and Diane Todd Ierlan. She was a 1939 graduate of Jamestown High School. On December 20, 1941 she married Frederick G. Dillenback in the parsonage of Clayton Methodist Church. Mr. Dillenback died February 12, 1971. She then married Robert P. Grant on October 7, 1972 at Christ Episcopal Church, and he died October 28, 1978.

She began working for First National Bank, currently Key Bank, in 1952 as a receptionist and retired in 1972. She was a member of Christ Episcopal Church and its Altar Guild, Calumet Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, and Clayton Travelers Club. Bettie was a trustee and volunteer at Hawn Memorial Library. She enjoyed playing Bridge and traveling.

Bettie is survived by her son, Frederick G. "Ted" Dillenback and his wife, Beth A. (Roden) Dillenback, Cortland; four grandchildren, Karen (William) Diescher, Laura (Brian) Kelley, and Brian and Gregory Dillenback; three great grandchildren, Jenna and Madison Diescher and Dillen Kelley; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Along with her two husbands, she was predeceased by her two brothers, Bruce and Frank Ierlan, and sister, Dorothy Heintzelman.

Donations in her name may be made to either Clayton Volunteer Fire Dept., 855 Graves St. or TIERS, P. O. Box 524, both in Clayton, NY 13624. Online condolences to Bettie's family may be posted at

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