PLATTSBURGH — Betty Jean Lucia, 65, of the Military Turnpike, Plattsburgh, died Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at the home of her sister and brother-in-law on the General Leroy Manor Road in Cadyville. Betty Jean was under the loving care of her family and Hospice of the North Country.
She was born at Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh, Feb. 14, 1948, the daughter of the late Daniel Joseph and Mary Eileen (Ryan) Lucia.
Although Betty was trapped in a shell for a body, she was sharp witted, "inquisitive", and had a sense of humor and a laugh that was infectious. Her tenacity and strong will followed her right to the end. She inspired and amazed everyone who had the opportunity to meet and get to know her.
Betty Boop was a passionate Elvis Presley fan; the highlight of her life was a visit to Nashville in 1997. She more than just enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, she loved it. She enjoyed soap operas, and Apple Pucker and ginger ale. She loved spending time with each and every one of her nieces and nephews. She was more than a sister and aunt; she was the glue that held everyone together.
Now she is running in her blue suede shoes, riding with Chuck in his mustang. In short as quoted by her nephew and godson, Michael, "we should not be feeling sorry for ourselves, we should all be grateful and happy that we had the opportunity and privilege to know her"
She is survived by her caregivers (sister and brother-in-law), James and Cindy Blair and their children, Patrick, Adam, and Mary, additional siblings, Daniel and Anna Lucia, Nancy and Steve Liberty, James and Cheryl Lucia, Eileen Wood, and Jeri Bennett and companion Kevin Bullis; special friend, Joanne Layhee; 25 nieces and nephews; including Godson, Michael C. Bennett; and 29 great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents, Mary "Leen" Lucia and Daniel J. Lucia; and brother-in-law, Charles F. Wood.
Calling hours will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 25, 2013, at the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, April 26, 2013, at St. Joseph's Church in Dannemora with Rev. Donald F. Kramberg, parish pastor, celebrating. Burial will follow in St. Joseph the Worker Cemetery in Dannemora.
Donations in her memory may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, or the North Country Cancer Fund.
Arrangements are in the care of the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru.
To light an online candle and offer condolences in the memory of Betty Jean please visit www.hamiltonfuneralhome.com 643-9055