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Phyllis Terrance

Phyllis A. Terrance (Francis)

Monday, May 5th, 1941 - Saturday, January 26th, 2019
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AKWESASNE – Phyllis A. Terrance, 77, of 378 State Route 37, unexpectedly passed away early Saturday morning, January 26, 2019 at her home.

Phyllis was born May 5, 1941 in St. Regis, Quebec, the daughter of the late William V. and Phoebe (LaFrance) Francis. On September 27, 1958, she married Richard C. Terrance at St. Regis Catholic Church with Rev. Michael Jacobs, SJ, officiating. He predeceased her on December 1, 2006

Phyllis was a mohawk language teacher at School #19 in Buffalo for many years. She was a communicant of St. Regis Catholic Church and enjoyed sewing, playing bingo and visiting the casino.

She is survived by her children, Debra A. Terrance of Tonawanda; Richard A. Terrance of Akwesasne; William F. and Dana Terrance of East Amherst; Charles Terrance of Tonawanda; and Derwin and Sandy Terrance of East Amherst; 13 grandchldren, 2 great grandchildren; her sisters, Martha LaFrance and Patricia and Harvey Boots, all of Akwesasne; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and her parents, Phyllis was preceded in death by a daughter, Danielle N. Terrance on August 5, 2013; her sister, Linda Tessier on November 20, 2016; and her brothers, William V. Francis on January 25, 2009 and Stanley P. Francis, Sr. on July 2, 2011.

Friends may at the Donaldson Funeral Home, Massena on Tuesday 7-9:00 PM and Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday 2:00 PM at St. Regis Catholic Church with Rev. Jerome Pastores, celebrating. Burial will be held in the spring in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her memory to Akwesasne Freedom School Building Fund.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, January 29th, 2019 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Tuesday, January 29th, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Donaldson Funeral Home
    100 North Main Street
    MASSENA, NY 13662
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  • Second Visitation

    Wednesday, January 30th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Wednesday, January 30th, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Donaldson Funeral Home
    100 North Main Street
    MASSENA, NY 13662
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  • Third Visitation

    Wednesday, January 30th, 2019 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Wednesday, January 30th, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Donaldson Funeral Home
    100 North Main Street
    MASSENA, NY 13662
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  • Service

    Thursday, January 31st, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Thursday, January 31st, 2019 2:00pm
    St. Regis Catholic Church
    107 Angus Thomas Memorial Road
    Akwesasne, QC H0M 1A0
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    Rev. Jerome Pastores
  • Interment

    St. Joseph's Cemetery
    St. Regis Road
    HOGANSBURG, NY 13655
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Micah Caraballo

Posted at 07:29am
I’m so sorry for the loss of this woman. My condolences go out to the Terrance family. There’s a Scripture I’d love to share that always comforted me when I lost someone close to me in death. It’s in Revelation 21:4 which says: “And he [God] will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” This is a promise from God that he will end death forever in the future and we will see our loved ones again!

Chianne Buck Duncan

Posted at 06:23pm
Mrs. Terrance was a wonderful teacher. She was one of my favorite teachers on my life. My deepest condolences to her family and loved ones for her loss. She will be sorely missed.

Dave, Chris and Dolores

Posted at 05:47pm
Remembering you and "Phyllis Terrance" in our minds and in our hearts.
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