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Arnold’s Lake

Barbara A. Neff, 85; 4 Children Survive Arnold’s Lake Woman

IN MEMORIAM: Barbara A. Neff, 85;

4 Children Survive Arnold’s Lake Woman

MILFORD – Barbara A. Neff, 85, of Arnold’s Lake, passed away on Sunday Feb. 2, 2020, following a long period of declining health.

Born Oct. 6, 1934, she was the daughter of Lloyd and Lillian (Moffatt) Berner. She was raised on the family farm on Berner Hill Road. She attended Milford Central School, having graduated in the Class of 1952.  As a young girl she participated in Girl Scouts and was a proud Milford High School cheerleader.

Margery Norris Armstrong, 85; Career-Long R.N. In Bassett ICU


Margery Norris Armstrong, 85;

R.N. Stalwart In Bassett’s ICU

Margery Norris Armstrong

MILFORD – Margery Norris Armstrong, R.N., who served for many years as head nurse of Bassett Hospital’s ICU, passed away peacefully Monday morning, Aug. 12, 2019, at her beloved home on Arnold Lake. She was 85.

Margery was born on November 25, 1933, in Carbondale, Pa., to William Melville Norris and Amy née Quinlan Norris of Wales, U.K., but spent most of her youth growing up in Oneonta.

Marge and her siblings were an adventurous group, easily recognized around town by their fiery red hair. She displayed an interest in science and math at an early age and was the first girl in her high school to take chemistry and physics. She began volunteering at Fox Hospital at age 14 and started working as an intern at Bassett Hospital in 1952 while a nursing student at Hartwick College.

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