Beverly I. Beachard, 80, Russell
Friday, May 28, 2010 - 7:43 am

Beverly “Betty” I. Beachard, age 80, of Russell, passed away on Thursday, May 27, 2010 at her home under the care of her loving family and Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley.

There will be a graveside service on Saturday, June 5, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. in the Hermon Cemetery with Rev. William Hart officiating. Funeral arrangements are being handled by French Funeral Home, Edwards.

Betty was born on August 19, 1929 in Pierrepont to the late Basil and Elsie (Curtis) Fountain. She graduated from Knox Memorial High School in 1948. Betty married Joseph C. Beachard on June 25, 1948 at the Morley Wesleyan Methodist Church by Rev. Arthur Northrup. Mr. Beachard passed away on April 14, 2004.

Mrs. Beachard has lived her whole married life in Russell where she raised her family and 37 foster children. She was a former member of the Russell Grange, a 4-H Leader and a Cub Scout Leader.

Her survivors include two sons, Douglas L. and his wife Valerie Beachard of Boyd Pond, and Daniel J. Beachard and his companion Judy White of Russell; two daughters and their husbands, Donna J. and Gerald FitzGerald of Russell, and Sandra J. and Peter Burnham of Russell; a sister, Joan Matthews of Princeton, IL; brothers, Allen Fountain of N. Syracuse, Lawrence Fountain of South Colton, Raymond Fountain of Pyrites, and Arnold Fountain of Russell; 11 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and a great-great granddaughter; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband; a son, Joseph B. who died at birth; a sister, Geneva Wood; and four brothers, Junior, Harold, Lawrence and Floyd Fountain.

Donations in Betty’s memory may be made to the Russell Volunteer Rescue Squad or to Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley.