Betty J. Serviss passes


Betty June Serviss, 75, of Govenor Hunt Road, in Vernon, died Saturday, April 7, 2012, at Cape Coral Hospice House following a period of declining health.

Mrs. Serviss was born in Morrisburg, Ontario, Canada, on July 3, 1936, the daughter of Harold and Pearle (Feeley) Canning. She was raised and educated in Morrisburg and later resided in Gouverneur, New York, before moving to Vernon with her family in 1970.

She had been employed as a claims taker for the Vermont Department of Employment and Training for almost 25 years working in the Brattleboro office. Previously she had worked for H&R Block where, initially, she opened and managed the Brattleboro office. She continued to work for H&R Block on a part-time basis up until 1998.

Mrs. Serviss was a past member of the Dennis Rebekah Lodge in Gouverneur and was a member of Vernon Union Church where for several years she served as Sunday school superintendant. 

She enjoyed crossword puzzles, bowling, dancing and time shared with her family.

On July 14, 1951, in Cardinal, Ontario, Canada, she was married to Francis Serviss, who predeceased her on February 16, 2006.

Survivors include three sons, J. Allen Serviss and Donald G. Serviss, both of Vernon, and Scott L. Serviss of North Fort Myers, Florida; two daughters, Jan L. Whittle of Brattleboro and Debbie J. Savage of Vernon; one brother, Ralph Canning, of New York; a sister, Beverly St Pierre of Ontario, Canada and nine grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Additionally she leaves many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by one brother, Donald Canning.

Funeral services were conducted Friday at 2:00 p.m. at Vernon Union Church with Pastor Steve Dunklee officiating. Burial followed in North Cemetery in Vernon.

Friends were invited to call at the Atamaniuk Funeral Home on Thursday from 6-9 p.m. 

Memorial contributions in Mrs. Serviss’s name may be made to Rescue Inc. P.O. Box 593, Brattleboro, VT,  05302.

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Atamaniuk Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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