CANTON -- Betty Jo Dutcher, of Wellesley, MA, formerly of Canton, NY, passed away on November 7, 2017, from complications of a brain tumor.
Born on Feb. 20, 1923, in Rockford, IL, to Linus and Erma Hurlbert. Wife of the late Maynard (Dutch) Dutcher for 64 years. Loving mother to Ray and his wife, Peg, of Wellesley, MA, and Andrea and her partner, JoEllen Bailey, of Ithaca, NY.
Also survived by 3 wonderful grandchildren, their terrific spouses, and 7 even more wonderful great grandchildren. Dear sister to David Hurlbert of Monroe, WI and the late Martha Dundore and Richard Hurlbert, both of Illinois. Also survived by many nieces and nephews and dear friends.
She graduated from Northern Illinois University, taught school in Watertown, NY after her marriage, and upon moving to Canton in 1949, she substituted in the Canton Central School System for many years before taking a full time teaching position in the English Department.
While teaching at Canton, she completed a Master’s Degree from St. Lawrence University. She also worked in the family business, the Walter E. Russell Pharmacy, Inc.
Betty Jo was very involved in the Canton and Sarasota PalmAire communities.
She was an active member of the Canton Methodist Church, was a charter member of the Edward John Noble Hospital Guild, was a life member of the American Cancer Society and served on the St. Lawrence County ACS Board.
After recovering from breast cancer, she volunteered for the Reach To Recovery Program.
She was also a member of the Canton Federated Garden Club, Sarasota PalmAire Garden Club, PalmAire Women’s Club, St. Lawrence Golf and Country Club, Ogdensburg Ladies Golf Association, Canton Ski Club and Sunday Rock Investment Club.
Dutch and Betty Jo’s special project in their later years was the purchase in 1969 and the subsequent restoration of Crossover Island Lighthouse. They spent 33 wonderful summers on Crossover. They also spent 25 winters at their condo in Sarasota, FL.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to the American Cancer Society as she was a breast cancer survivor. Burial will be at the convenience of the family in the Harlem (IL) Methodist Church Cemetery.