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Elizabeth "Betty" Luke

1925 - 2010 WEST HOOSICK, NY Elizabeth Margaret "Betty" Nolan Luke, 85, died on Friday, April 30, at the Kingston Hospital in Kingston, N.Y. She resided in West Hoosick and was the wife of the late F. Carlton Luke.

Elizabeth was born in 1925 on New Year's Day, fourth child of the eight children of John F. and Birdie Dailey Nolan. She spent her early life on the family farm in post corners and attended the one-room school there. She graduated from St. Mary's Academy in Hoosick Falls at the age of 15 and went on to receive a business degree from Troy Business College. She worked in the office at H.P. Hood & Sons creamery in Eagle Bridge, received training there as a lab technician, and managed the milk testing lab. While working at the creamery, Betty met her future husband, Carlton, and they were married on Aug. 28, 1949. In later years, she was the business manager of Lukeland Farms, operated by her husband and sons. She was a communicant of Immaculate Conception Parish in Hoosick Falls.

Betty was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was a faith-filled peaceful woman who committed her life to fostering a family full of love, support, and happiness. Betty was a baseball fan, a master baker, and loved her home and gardens in the "West Hills." She was politically savvy and a follower of world news. Her generosity to her family, friends, and neighbors knew no bounds.

Survivors include her daughter, Mary Anne Cushing of Buskirk; her five sons, Peter of New Baltimore, Daniel of Shaftsbury, Vt., Paul, Christopher (Nancy), and Phillip, all of Hoosick Falls; her grandchildren, Rebecca Atherton, Melissa Luke Ronin, Jessamyn and Benjamin Luke, Jonathan and Anna Luke; her great-grandchildren, Madeline, Nolan, Benjamin, and Evan Atherton, Charlotte and Nathaniel Ronin, and Mia Luke; her two sisters, Mary Nolan Austin of Cambridge and Katherine Nolan Gilchrist of Pittstown, and a brother, William Nolan of Eagle Bridge.

She was predeceased by two sisters, Ann Connor and Rita McCart, and two brothers John F. Nolan and James L. Nolan, and infant son, James William Luke.

FUNERAL NOTICE: A mass of Christian burial will be held at the Immaculate Conception Church Wednesday at 1 p.m. Burial will follow the service at St. Patrick's Cemetery in Cambridge, NY.

Relatives and friends may call at the MAHAR FUNERAL HOME, 43 Main St. in Hoosick Falls on Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Academy through the funeral home.

Published in Bennington Banner on May 3, 2010
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