Betty Ann Durand(1936 - 2018)

Long time Alaska resident Betty Ann Durand, 82, passed away on Sept. 6, 2018, surrounded by family.
A service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, at Alaskan Heritage Memorial Chapel, 440 East Klatt Road in Anchorage, Alaska, at 11:00 a.m., with a reception to follow at the home of Betty's family, 8133 Parkridge Circle in Anchorage.
Betty was born on Jan. 23, 1936 in Riverbank, Calif., to Nelsen and Anna Marie Mortensen. She moved with her family as a young child to Anchorage. As a teenager she met Duane Charles Durand - better known as Charlie - and they were married on April 12, 1953. They started a family and lived in several Alaskan communities: a few years on Sister's Island, followed by a few years in Talkeetna and then settling in King Salmon for more than 30 years, where Betty worked as a postal clerk. In 2012, Charlie and Betty moved to Florence, Ariz., and enjoyed taking road trips, often driving as far as they could until they stopped for lunch and then returning home.
Betty's first and foremost priority was always her family. She deeply loved her husband Charlie and the family they created together. She enjoyed baking and had perfected her chocolate chip cookies and apple pies. She was also an amazing cook and enjoyed hosting large family meals in her home.
Betty remained involved in her community after retirement and enjoyed volunteering at the school. She was kind and generous, always taking care of others and not wanting others to fuss over her. Betty enjoyed learning new skills, in addition to being very creative, and always looked for classes being offered in the community. Some of her favorite activities were making quilts for her friends and family, painting ceramics and paper crafting. Betty will be remembered for her surprising and hilarious sense of humor, endless capacity in caring for others and her poise and grace.
While Betty had many dear friends, she and her sister Shirl had a very special relationship. They were the best of friends and supported each other in all things. Betty will be missed beyond words.
Betty is survived by her children, Steve and his fiancee Cheryl, John and his wife Kayleen, Vernon, Joe and his wife Lynn and Anna and her husband Nate; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie; and son, Duane.

Funeral Home

Legacy Funeral Home-Heritage Chapel at Angelus
440 E. Klatt Road Anchorage, AK 99515

Published in Anchorage Daily News on Sept. 11, 2018