AKWESASNE – Mrs. Mary Elizabeth “Betty” (Herne) Grant, 92, a native of Akwesasne and longtime resident of Opa Locka, Florida, peacefully passed away Tuesday morning, December 3, 2013 at Tsiionkwanhso:te, Cornwall Island Long Term Care Facility, where she had been a resident after returning to the Reservation in 2006.
Betty was born March 17, 1921 in Akwesasne, the daughter of the late William and Charlotte White Herne. She attended schools on the Reservation, before graduating from Bombay High School. She later graduated from a nursing school in Baltimore. On March 26, 1944, she entered the US Army, serving as a Second Lieutenant until her honorable discharge on September 21, 1944. While in the Army, she met her husband, Harland Lei Grant, Jr., who predeceased her on December 5, 2001.
Betty was a registered nurse for 37 ½ years at Mount Sinai Hospital in Miami. She was a member of the Andrew W. Cook American Legion Post #1479 and a communicant of St. Regis Catholic Church. She and her late husband enjoyed gardening and roller-skating, where they were one time awarded dance champions. She also enjoyed talking pictures, doing crossword puzzles, going to flea markets, and before moving back home – traveling back to Akwesasne to visit her family and friends.
Betty is survived by her four sisters, Christie Thompson of Akwesasne; Caroline Mangone and her husband, Phillip of Clifton, New Jersey; Phoebe Curran of Massena; and Hilda Herne and her companion, Robert Thompson of Akwesasne; many nieces and nephews including her caregivers, Wayne and Betty Mitchell of Akwesasne.
She was predeceased by her only son, Harland Lei Grant, III, on January 21, 2006; and her siblings, Holly Herne, Lawrence Herne, Emily Morris, Loretta Rock, and Anna Mae Laughing.
Friends may call at the Donaldson Funeral Home, Massena, Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday 10:00 AM at St. Regis Catholic Church with Rev. Anthony Osuji, celebrating. Burial will be in Dade Memorial Park, Miami, Florida.
Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the Akwesasne Mohawk Ambulance Service or Tsiionkwanhso:te Activities Fund.
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