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September 7, 2013

Elizabeth K. Button

The Daily Star

---- — Elizabeth K. Button

SIDNEY — Elizabeth K. “Betsy” Button, 81, of Sidney, passed away peacefully at Robinson Terrace in Stamford.

She was born Oct. 11, 1931, daughter of the late Clifford and Alma (Curtis) Knapp in Syracuse.

Betsy married Nelson Button on June 12, 1954, in Onondaga Hill. He predeceased her on Dec. 30, 2010.

Betsy graduated from Syracuse University with a master’s degree in education. She taught in the Sidney Central School system for many years, primarily in the Masonville Elementary School. Betsy was passionate about teaching and adored her students. She was honored to be named Teacher of the Year.

Upon retiring, Betsy and Nelson focused on raising and showing AKC Cocker Spaniels. Betsy also devoted her time to the Hill and Valley Garden Club, the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and for many years Betsy served on the Board of the Sidney Memorial Public Library.

She is survived by her daughters, Peggy Hillis and companion Dale Bryden, Delhi, Susan McCumiskey and husband, John, Norwich; a grandson, Michael Bryden; as well as nephews.

Betsy was also predeceased by a brother, David Knapp; and sister, Beatrice Rea.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, at C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St., Sidney.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, with the Rev. Pat Robinson, officiating. Burial will follow in Prospect Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Catskill Area Hospice & Palliative Care, 1 Birchwood Drive, Oneonta, NY 13820 or the Delaware Valley Humane Society, 101 East Main St., Sidney, NY 13838.

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Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St., Sidney.