A Funeral Mass for Hazel M. Durant, age 96 of the United Helpers Nursing Home and formerly of Helena, NY will be held on Tuesday, Aug 17, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Cathedral with Rev. Joseph Morgan officiating. Her place of rest will be at Foxwood Memorial Park. Calling hours will be held on Monday from 2 - 4 & 7 - 9 p.m. at the Fox & Murray Funeral Home. Mrs. Durant passed away on Saturday evening, Aug 14, 2010 at the United Helpers Nursing Home surrounded by her loving family.
Surviving are three sons and their wives, Joseph & Mary Durant of Brunswick, GA, James & Judy Durant of Helena, Paul & Denise Durant of Norfolk; four daughters & their husbands, Kenneth & Jean Cole of Nicholville, Richard & Mary Barlow of Heuvelton, Daniel & Ellen Prosser of Webster, Matthew & Patricia Knox of Bedford, VA; a daughter-in-law, Mary Ann Durant of Louisville, NY; one sister, Shirley Lauber of Salisaw, OK; 24 grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren along with several nieces, nephews & cousins.
Hazel was predeceased by her husband George; a son Jeremiah Durant; four sisters, Irene Sharples, Agnes Wells, Mary Durant & Alice “Betty” Sebring and nine brothers, Howard, Edward, Joseph, Roger, Ira, Donald, Harold, Raymond & Karl Premo predeceased her.
She was born on July 13, 1914 in Fort Covington, a daughter of the late Frank & Phoebe (Jock) Premo. She attended Bombay Rural School for her education and married George J. Durant on October 31, 1932 at the St. Joseph Church in Bombay. The couple operated a farm in the Helena area for 30 years. Hazel continued to live at her home in Helena until 1995 when she moved to Nicholville and lived with her daughter and son-in-law Jean & Ken Cole. In 2002 she then relocated to the LBSH apartments in Brasher, until 2007 when she moved to the United Helpers Nursing Home in Ogdensburg.
She was an active parishioner and alter & rosary society member of the St. Patrick’s Church in Hogansburg, a member of the Democratic Club in the Town of Brasher, and president of the United Helpers Resident Council. Hazel cherished her children, grandchildren & great-grandchildren. Always sending cards and notes to recognize their special days, and fondly looked forward to their phone calls and visits. She was an avid cook, canned vegetables and berries, sewed, and made a handmade quilt at age 80. She enjoyed watching “Nancy Grace”, playing bingo, the rosary prayer meetings and the trivia contest at the nursing home. She will be sadly missed my all those that knew her.
Memorial contributions have been requested to the St. Raphael’s Catholic Food Pantry, The Helena Volunteer Fire and Rescue and the United Helpers Home.