Betty Haig

Betty B. Haig, 92, of Saranac Lake, died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, at her home.

Born in Saranac Lake on Sept. 20, 1926, she was the daughter of J. Ray Bell Sr. and Elizabeth B. (Homburger) Bell. Betty married Ferris Kimball Haig, who predeceased her.

Betty was a receptionist secretary for the New York State Department of Corrections in Ray Brook for many years. She also was an avid bingo player, and she loved to play slots and pinochle, traveling with her daughter Christine, volunteering with Holiday Helpers and helping at the Saranac Lake Adult Center.

Betty is survived by her son Kimball L. Haig of Saranac Lake and three daughters: Patti J. Ploof of Saranac Lake, Betsy L. Sylvester of Irisburg, Vermont, and Christine E. Haig of Saranac Lake. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Betty was predeceased by her father and mother, her husband Ferris Kimball in 1993, a brother J. Ray Bell Jr. and four sisters: Marie Schenck, Helen A. Larsen, Ruth Orsini and Jacqueline Gonyea.

Funeral arrangements are in care of the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Saranac Lake. There will be a memorial service on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. JoAnne White officiating. Burial will take place in Pine Ridge Cemetery at a later date.

Family and friends wishing to remember Betty B. Haig may make memorial contributions to a favorite charity in her name in care of the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home, 20 Church St., Saranac Lake, NY 12983. They can also share their memories and sign the online guestbook at