Lake Luzerne

Betty J. Cranston, age 85, of Lake Ave. died Wednesday morning, January 26, 2005 at her home.

Born January 10, 1920 in Schenectady, she was the daughter of George and Elizabeth (Belding) Fishburn. Upon graduating from high school in Schenectady and Practical Nursing School in Albany she was employed at several area hospitals, nursing homes and private duty nursing positions. She served as manager of “Health Haven” a rest home on Lake Luzerne run by Dr. Bloom in 1954.

On April 11, 1955 she married George H. Cranston at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Lake Luzerne after which she became a real estate broker working with her husband. Mr. Cranston died on September 23, 1969. Following his death, Betty returned to nursing and was employed at the Wilton Development Center for several years and at Albany County Nursing Home.

Betty was a pioneer in the struggle to secure rights for people with disabilities. Her desire to be released from a nursing home and be cared for at home was brought to Gov. Pataki and culminated in a bill which calls for a policy making council to ensure that people with disabilities can choose to live at home or in community settings rather than institutions.

Betty was an active member of St. mary’s Episcopal Church where she served as treasurer for several years and Altar Guild Director. She enjoyed quilting, cross word puzzles, gardening, flowers and her poodle “Mokey”. She also enjoyed traveling with her life long friend, Carol Rider. One of their favorite destinations was the coast of Maine.

Betty was predeceased by an infant son and a step-son, George R. Cranston.

Survivors include one son, David W. Cranston of Lake Luzerne, a step-daughter Jacqueline Ireland and her husband George of Niceville, Florida; one brother, Rev. Barclay B. Fishburn and his wife Ruth of Kissimmee, Florida and Lake Luzerne; five step-grandchildren, Michael Cranston, Michelle LaMora, Bruce Ireland, Thimothy Ireland and George Ireland; several great step-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church Paris Hall, Lake Luzerne.

Spring burial will be in Luzerne Cemetery.

A funeral mass will be celebrated 2:00 p.m. Monday at St. Mary’s Church with the Very Rev. William Love, rector, officiating.

Contributions in Betty’s memory may be directed to St. Mary’s Church, PO Box 211, Lake Luzerne, NY 12846; Hadley Luzerne Emergency Squad, PO Box 215, Lake Luzerne, NY 12846 or to the Glens Falls Independent Living Center, 71 Glenwood Ave., Queensbury, NY 12804.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Brewer Funeral Home, Inc., 24 Church St., Lake Luzerne