A Voice from the Eastern Door

Beulah Ann Terrance

Beulah Ann Terrance, a remarkable soul who graced this world for an impressive 97 years, peacefully departed on November 15, 2023. She left behind a legacy of love, wisdom, and cherished memories that will forever resonate in the hearts of those fortunate enough to have known her.

Born on October 21, 1926, in Syracuse, NY, to John and Marion (Herne) Bigtree, Beulah grew up in Akwesasne, where she embarked on a journey filled with adventures, challenges, and triumphs. During World War II, she was proud of her contribution in support of the war effort as an employee at a firearm manufacturer in Syracuse.  She embraced each moment with grace, resilience, and an unwavering spirit throughout her long and meaningful life. She always gave advice and was not afraid to provide constructive feedback. Even so, she will be remembered as the glue that held the family together. 

Beulah married Lawrence Terrance on February 14, 1943. He predeceased her on December 30, 1980. Together they had six children. Beulah is survived by her children, daughters Sharon (Donald) Thompson and Laura (Roger) Thomas, all of Akwesasne,  Lawrence (Margaret) Terrance of Rochester, and daughter-in-law Lynelle (Vaughn) Phillips of Akwesasne. She is also survived by her brother-in-law William (Sharon) Loran. She is predeceased by children Sherril and Lawrence in infancy, her son Alfred Terrance on February 4, 1991, her brothers, John Bigtree Jr. and Mitchell Bigtree, and sisters Betty Bigtree and Clara Terrance. She is also predeceased by her grandson-in-law Darryl (Kermit) Lazare. 

Beulah was a pillar of strength for her family and was proud of being the family matriarch. She was a source of comfort during difficult times and a beacon of joy during moments of celebration.

In her later years, Beulah was an active member of the Mohawk Indian Housing Authority and the Tribal Membership Board. She enjoyed gardening and could be seen on her riding lawn mower most summer days. Beulah embraced life's adventures, creating cherished memories with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. Her legacy lives on in the stories shared around family gatherings, the traditions she instilled, and the love that binds each generation together.

The family would like to express gratitude to all those who touched Beulah's life and the outpouring of support. Arrangements are under the care of Donaldson's Funeral Home. Calling hours will be held at her home at 403 State Route 37, Akwesasne, beginning Tuesday, November 21, 2023, at noon until Wednesday, November 22, 2023, at 1:00 pm. A mass will be held on Wednesday, November 22, 2023, at 2:00 pm at the St. Regis Mission Catholic Church in St. Regis, Quebec. 


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