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Elizabeth (Bettie) Duryea

Died: Thursday, May 25, 2006
Age: 84
Elizabeth (Bettie) Duryea, of Montauk, died last Thursday at Eastern Long Island Hospital due to complications from a stroke.

She was born on April 2, 1922 in Buffalo, N.Y. to Ruth and William Weed. As a young woman she fought a long battle against polio, eventually overcoming the disease. She received her B.A. from Skidmore College, where she later served as a trustee from 1974-1977. An active member of the Montauk community, Mrs. Duryea worked as a writer for The Montauk Pioneer. She was the co-founder of the Montauk Village Association and a member of the East Hampton Community Council. She introduced the concept of celebrity bartenders to the Hamptons and was an avid rider who often rode at Deep Hollow Ranch.

“Bettie was a spunky, outspoken woman, a survivor, and a born feminist, generations before her time. Who can forget when she told The New York Times that ‘Nelson Rockefeller wasn’t fit to run for dog catcher’? An opinion, her opinion — she had many,” said Lona Rubenstein, a spokeswoman for the family.

Mrs. Duryea was predeceased by her former husband Perry B. Duryea, Jr., the former speaker of the New York State Assembly and a one-time gubernatorial candidate. She is survived by her children, Perry B. Duryea, III of Montauk and Lynn Duryea of North Carolina, and her grandchildren, Amy and Erick Duryea of Montauk.

A memorial service will be held on July 28 at 4 p.m. at the Montauk Community Church. Memorial donations can be made to the Montauk Community Church, P.O. Box 698, Montauk, 11954.
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