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Betty J. LaFrance


MASSENA – Mrs. Betty J. LaFrance, 80, of 445 Leslie Road, passed away early Thursday morning, April 3, 2014 at her home under the loving care of her family and Hospice. She had been in failing health since September.

Betty was born September 24, 1933 in Massena, the daughter of the late William and Ida Corey Davis and attended Massena schools. On November 30, 1968, she married Norman “Pete” LaFrance in Norfolk.

Betty was a dedicated homemaker and mother to her children and over 100 foster children. She dedicated her life to spending time and making precious memories with her family. She also enjoyed playing bingo, crocheting, and sewing. Betty was also active in her community as a member of the Knights of Columbus #1141 Auxiliary, serving a past president; a member of the Board of Directors at the Massena Senior Citizens; and Past President of the Amvet Post #4 Ladies Auxiliary. She was also an active volunteer at St. Vincent DePaul and a communicant of the Church of the Sacred Heart.

Betty is survived by her loving husband of 45 years, Pete; her six children and their spouses, Rosemary LaPrade of Massena; Philip and Amanda Perkins of Massena; Bonnie and Clyde Baxter of Norfolk; Nancy and Carl Pernice of Brasher; Lisa and Tom Jr. Hartigan of Brasher; and Terry and Tammy Perkins of Massena; 18 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; two sisters, Mildred LaVine of Norfolk; and Martha and George Dallos of Whitesboro; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by two sons, Neal Perkins in 1978 and Wayne Perkins in 2001; her sisters, Esther Giles, Margaret Meacham; Gertrude Ann Johnston; and Nellie LaBarge; her brothers, James, Leonard, Walter, Earl, Clarence “Kenneth”, Clifford, and Robert Davis.

Friends may call at the Donaldson Funeral Home, Friday (today) 6-9 PM, with member of the Knights of Columbus Auxiliary meeting at 6:15 for a Memorial Ritual. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday 2:00 PM at the Church of the Sacred Heart with Rev. Donald J. Manfred, celebrating. Burial will be later in the spring in Calvary Cemetery, Massena.

Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley or a local church of your choice.

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