MOUNT HOLLY - Elise Rose Durr, 72, died Saturday, March 16, 2013, at her home in Mount Holly, surrounded by her loving family.
Elise started her career as an administrative assistant with the FBI and then worked on Wall Street at AG Becker, Glore Forgen and with Investment Broker Jack Harned.
Elise moved to Vermont in 1980 and lived in Mount Holly for the past 32 years. She loved Vermont and restoring and decorating her home, an 1810 farmhouse, which became the Hounds Folly Bed and Breakfast, which has been in operation for 27 years. She and her sister also raised sheep and Elise loved giving them all names, often of movie stars, musicians and other celebrities. She had a love of dogs, especially Dachshunds she rescued and provided a loving home for many over the years. In addition to cooking, she loved to garden and was very proud of her English garden.
Elise was a well-known chef who started at Royals Hearthside in Rutland, then the Inn at Weston, the Highland House in Londonderry and lastly, at the Landgrove Inn.
After her recent retirement, she became immersed in her new career with At Home Senior Care sharing her special interests and caring up until she became ill.
Elise was a volunteer at the Black River Good Neighbor Services in Ludlow for many years, was on the board of the Mount Holly Historical Museum and was a communicant of St. Patrick's Church in Wallingford, Vt.
Surviving are her sister, Luise Durr of Mount Holly; a brother, Frederick Durr and his wife Carol of Brewster, Mass.; nieces and nephews, Deborah Cheyne, David Durr, John Durr and Katherine Torilli.
Friends may call Wednesday, March 20, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Clifford Funeral Home, 2 Washington St., Rutland.
Funeral services and celebration of her life will be held Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at Christ the King Church in Rutland. Officiating will be Rev. Justin Baker, pastor.
Graveside services will be in Calvary Cemetery in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Monday, March 25, at 1:00 p.m.
Memorial contributions in Elise's memory can be made to some of her favorite causes, the Rutland County Humane Society, the Black River Good Neighbor Services or to the Foley Cancer Center at Rutland Regional Medical Center.