Elizabeth "Betty" Adele Duruty (Churchill)

Passed 10/23/2019

Obituary for Elizabeth "Betty" Adele Duruty (Churchill)

Duruty,(Churchill) Elizabeth (Betty ) Adele
It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our Mother, Betty on October 23, 2019, at St. Vincent’s Nursing Home after a prolonged illness.
Born October 10, 1934 in St. Pierre Miquelon, she was the eldest daughter of the late Charles & Elizabeth (Cheeseman) Duruty. She will be lovingly remembered by her children, Daphne (Kevin) Stephen, Halifax: Pamela (Pam) Henley, Halifax; Robert (Bob) Churchill, Calgary and Millicent (Mitzi) Churchill, Halifax; her grandchildren, Lucia and Brooke Stephen, Kevin and Thomas Henley and Andrew (A.J.) and Nicole (Nikki) Churchill and her sisters, Stella Merkle (late Karl), France Ritarose (David), Les Cedres; Christophe Duruty, St. Pierre Miquelon. She was predeceased by her former husband and father of her children, Ray Churchill, her brothers, Charles and Thierry Duruty and her sister, Jenny Duruty.
Educated in Newfoundland, Betty‘s career path encompassed the fields of communication, tourism and public relations. For some years, she hosted a popular community television interview show for Halifax Cablevision called Duruty Profile. She interviewed personalities in fields such as business, government, education, law and politics. Her volunteer work included eleven years as a broadcaster for Northwood Broadcasting Club, where she amassed a dedicated group of listeners to her programs.
In her early years as a resident at St. Vincent’s, she volunteered as a friendly visitor to new residents to help with the transition from home to a care facility.
Betty possessed an indomitable spirit and a wry sense of humour that she showed many times during these past years dealing with declining health. The family wishes to acknowledge the 4th floor staff as well as all departments at St. Vincent’s Nursing Home. Your professionalism and kindness will always be remembered. A special thank you to Gisela Steffen for your visits and being a faithful friend.
Cremation has taken place as per Betty’s wishes. A memorial service will be held at 1pm on Friday, November 1s at the chapel at St. Vincent’s Nursing Home, 2080 Windsor Street, Halifax. A reception will follow.
If so desired, donations may be made to The Parkinson’s Society or to a charity of choice.
“What we have once enjoyed and deeply loved, we can never lose, for all that we love deeply becomes a part of us”
- Helen Keller

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Daphne: Please accept my sincere condolences on your Mom’s passing. My sympathy goes out to you and your entire family It was a pleasure and privilege to have known her. Regards, Maureen
- Maureen Gorman
Dear Daphne, Pam, Bobby and Mitzi I'm sad that I won't be able to attend today's service honouring your Mother's life but know my heart is with you all. I have so many fond memories of our families growing up together. Your Mom was such a beautiful, kind spirited and caring lady who always found time to engage herself with us kids. I recall with a chuckle, her returning from St. Pierre Miquelon with a bag of humorous trinkets and I still laugh when I picture those little figurines. It's comforting to know your Mom lived life to the fullest and also had the compassionate care and support from her family, friends and caregivers. May you find lasting comfort in the many memories you share. Love and Hugs, Karen (Butt) Morton
- Karen Morton
So sorry to hear the passing of your mother. Thoughts and prayers are with you all. May she Rest in Peace. Jackie and Tony
- Jackie Collins

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