March 22, 1937 - April 27, 2018
Glenmont, New York
April 27, 2018
March 22, 1937
Friday, May 4, 2018 at 10:00 AM at Valley United Presbyterian Church, 459 Park Ave., Waverly, New York
Thursday, May 3, 2018 from 4 to 8 PM at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, New York
Tioga Point Cemetery, Athens, PA
Betsy Dunfee, 81, of Glenmont, NY, formerly of Sayre, PA and Vestal, NY passed away peacefully on Friday, April 27, 2018 at Daughters of Sarah Nursing Center in Albany.
Betsy was born on March 22, 1937 to Gertrude and Paul Harris. Betsy graduated from Sayre High School in 1955 and went on to graduate from Robert Packer School of Nursing in 1958 where she worked for 2 years and then at University Hospital in Syracuse until 1962. She returned to Sayre briefly, married and then moved to Otego NY for 5 years before moving to Vestal, NY. She remained there until 2012 when she returned to Sayre to spend her final years. Betsy worked at Vestal Nursing Home from 1972 to 1984 and the Willow Point Nursing Home as a Charge RN for nearly 15 years. She also worked a second job at Elizabeth Church Manor Nursing Home in Binghamton for 11 years.
She was predeceased by her parents, Gertrude and Paul Harris; sister, Phyllis Hudson; and brother, Richard Harris.
Betsy is survived by her daughters, Bridget, Maureen (Doug), and Theresa (Bob); and her son, Pat (Karen) as well her brother-in-law, Kit Hudson; her eight grandchildren whom she adored: Patrick and Ally Searles, Derek Dore, Ryan and Sean Dunfee and Carli, Jack and Erin Hennessy; along with many cousins, nieces, nephews and many beloved friends.
Her favorite saying was “Where There’s A Will There’s A Way” - and that is how she lived her life. “The Gutsy Lady” as one close friends described her, had a determination that was second to none and enabled her to overcome any challenge put in front of her including breast cancer and several major heart surgeries. A trip to the beach, her favorite place, was a challenge with four young kids and a tight budget, but to her that simply meant double shifts at the nursing home, recycling newspapers and doing laundry for that nursing home to help fund the vacation. The trip, of course, went off exactly as Betsy had planned. Building her dream house in her home town of Sayre in her mid 70s? Another huge challenge for many reasons and many questioned the decision. But of course she had the will, and found a way, to build a beautiful house that she lived in for several years.
Betsy was an avid pie-baker, and would even carve a personal message in the top of the crust to make it meaningful on top of delicious. She had a terrific sense of humor and while she encountered heart issues throughout her life, few had a heart as strong as hers. Her caring, compassionate way meant so much to all those who knew her - patients, co-workers, friends and family.
While she has gone to the Big Casino in the sky, yes she loved the slots almost as much as the beach, those who knew her can take comfort that she’s looking down on us and singing the words from her favorite Frank Sinatra song:
“To think, I did all that, and may I say not in a shy way, oh no, oh no not me, I did it My Way”
A time of calling will be held on Thursday, May 3, 2018 from 4 to 8 PM at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, May 4, 2018 at 10:00 AM at Valley United Presbyterian Church, 459 Park Ave., Waverly, NY with Pastor Sharan Rosso officiating and burial to follow at Tioga Point Cemetery, Athens. Memorial donations can be made to the Valley United Presbyterian Church or to the Lewy Body Dementia Association at https://www.lbda.org/ways_to_give. Those wishing to send a message of sympathy to Betsy’s family may visit our Facebook page or by sending a private message of sympathy in “Obituaries” at www.blauveltfuneralhome.com.