Alice's Story

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Mrs. Nelson Hyatt, 88, of Crown Point, N.Y., passed away on Thursday, March 23, 2017. Alice Ruth Harrington was the daughter of the late George Lee Harrington and Eloise Davis Harrington. Born and raised at Moriah Center, she graduated Sherman Collegiate Institute, as had her parents before her. She then worked as a telephone operator in Port Henry. In 1947, she was married to Dr. Nelson Hyatt. They resided at the address of his 313 Lake George Avenue chiropractic office. In the 1950s, they and three children moved to their family farm in Crown Point's Factoryville.
In August of 1954, Mrs. Hyatt was hospitalized with polio. She spent a month in an iron lung, followed by a rocking bed, which helped her lungs to expand and contract. Amazingly, she survived and returned home with leg braces.
Mrs. Hyatt has attended the Methodist Church, first in Moriah, then Ticonderoga and Crown Point. She sang in the choir and was an active member of the women's group. She enjoyed seating guests at the church dinners.
Mrs. Hyatt was involved with the Grange at the local, county, state and national levels. She started a Junior Grange for the benefit of the local young people. In 1964 she began selling Stanley Home products. She also sold the vegetables from the family farm from their back porch. She was known for her crocheted vests and knit mittens and socks. When her husband was the town supervisor in Crown Point, she participated as deputy supervisor.
She leaves to mourn her loss, her brother, George R. Harrington, and his family: John, Michael, Bill and Tina; her daughter, Kathleen Hyatt, who attended faithfully to her physical needs these last years; son Stephen and his wife, Mary; daughter Eileen Fitzgerald; son Stanley; and daughter Elaine Monroe and her husband, Don; grandchildren Theresa Griffin, adopted grandson James Hyatt, Derek (Naomi) Sheldon, Mark (Miriam) Monroe, Fauna (Ian) Lonngren, Valerie (Brian) Negron, and Sharyl (Ethan) McKeever; great-grandchildren Samantha, Thomas and Roger Griffin, America Amy Sheldon, Christine Monroe, Eliana and Melody Lonngren; also her special cousin, Vivian Cossey.
A wake will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday evening, March 27, at Harland's Funeral Home in Port Henry. A service will be held the following day at 11 a.m. at the Crown Point Methodist Church. A light luncheon will follow.
Published on March 25, 2017
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