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Betty Rogers Clough, 93, a longtime resident of Massena, NY passed away May 12, 2012 in Orange County, CA after living near her daughter, Nancy who cared for her in the last seven years of her life.

Betty Rogers was born July 31, 1918 in Antwerp, NY to Ruth G. and George L. Rogers. She graduated from Antwerp High in 1935 and was the valedictorian of her class. She then attended Elmira College and graduated in 1939. She spent one year studying Medical Technology at Minneapolis General Hospital, Minneapolis, MN. She then went to work as a medical technologist at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, NY and Wesleyan Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL.

Marrying March 18, 1946 in Chicago IL, Betty joined Dr. John Clough, her new husband and an Army captain, one year later in Osaka, Japan. Once Dr. Clough completed his military service, the couple moved to Philadelphia, PA and then Washington, D.C. where Betty continued to work as a medical technologist. Betty and John had four children Larry, Bob, Nancy and Kathy who were raised in Massena, NY.

Betty was a member of Emanuel Congregational Church in Massena where she served as a Trustee for two terms and Chairman of the Endowment Fund. Betty was an avid investor and gardener. She started the Quality Investors Women’s Investment Club—the first of its kind in Massena and one of the first nationwide. She was a member of Massena Valley Garden Club, and the Massena College Club. Betty volunteered for the Massena Memorial Hospital Auxiliary chairing the Auxiliary’s Antique and Craft Show for ten years and serving on the Auxiliary’s Board. She was recognized as the ‘Auxilarian of the Year’ for her service.

Betty was predeceased by a brother, Edward Rogers and a sister, Marjorie Brown. She is survived by her children; Larry Clough of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, Bob Clough of Northbrook, Il, Nancy Cole of Irvine, CA and Kathy Paez of Columbia, MD. She is remembered by 10 grandchildren, and nephews and a niece, some still living in upstate New York and Vermont. Memorial services will be held in the First Congregational Church of Antwerp, NY on July 20th at 10:30. Betty’s ashes will be buried with her much-loved grandmother, Bettie Scott Gibbs, in the Antwerp New Cemetery following the memorial service.

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