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BETTE MCDIVITT CLAXTON, DECORATED ARMY NURSE

Bette McDivitt Claxton, an Army nurse who was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart, died Monday (Oct. 6, 1997) in Veterans Hospital. She was 73.

The former Bette Donachy of Tonawanda Manor, Town of Tonawanda, was a native of St. Mary's, Pa., and lived in the Niagara Falls area.

She served in the Army as a nurse and also aboard the humanitarian hospital ship Hope. She was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion posts in Wheatfield and Post 203, Disabled American Veterans. She also was a Veterans Hospital volunteer.

She was the widow of Joseph D. McDivitt.

Survivors include her second husband, Lowell E. Claxton; four sons, Joseph McDivitt of Riverton, Utah, Richard McDivitt of Niagara Falls, Gary McDivitt of Ceres and Mark McDivitt of Dunedin, Fla.; three daughters, Linda Collins of the Town of Cuba, Janelle Berger of Magnolia, Texas, and Susan Frail of Niagara Falls, Ont.; 21 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in Lane Funeral Home, 8622 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Niagara Falls, Ont.

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