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Ann Elaine Otis Straight


Ann Elaine Otis Straight, loving wife, mom, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend, went home to the Lord, July 7, 2017. She died at home with her family near by.

She is survived by her children: Jeffrey and wife Sharon Straight, Michael and wife Debby Straight, and Brian Straight and his fiancé Rhonda Hathaway, all from Upper Jay, NY; her grandchildren: Andrew Straight of Upper Jay, NY, Matthew and wife Michele Straight of Niskayuna, NY, and James and wife Amelia Straight of Canton, NY, Kalen Straight of Upper Jay, NY, Joli Straight of Plattsburgh, NY, and Melissa A. Straight of AuSable Forks, NY. She is also survived by her great-grandchildren: MacKenzie, Troy and Hailey Straight of Upper Jay, NY, Makayla Straight of Niskayuna, NY, Isaiah Straight Toering, Evie and Cole Straight of Canton, NY; her sister, Gayle Maicus of AuSable Forks, NY and sister-in-law, Kathy Otis of Canal Winchester, Ohio; one niece, Sherri Valenze of AuSable Forks, NY, and one nephew, Leo Sprague Jr. of St Huberts, NY

She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 63 years, Ben Straight, her son, Clifton (Kippy) Straight, her father and mother, Donald (Sydney) and Belva (Delong Cram) Otis, and her brother, Bill Otis.

Ann was born in Keene Valley, NY on May 10, 1932 at the old Neighborhood House. She graduated High School from Keene Central and went on to work in Saranac Lake as a telephone operator.

She loved to drive fast cars and was a winner of the powder puff races at the Upper Jay Midget Car race track. She also loved to hunt and often was found in the woods in the fall right after the boys left for school on the bus. She dearly loved walking in the woods and fields of the family home.

Ann’s passions in life were her family, her faith and music. She was never happier than when cooking for the family or church activities. She was known for her brownies and pumpkin cookies as well as her meatballs. There was always a line waiting when people knew she was baking.

She had the voice of an angel and loved to share it through shows, church services, nursing homes, etc. as well as just singing in the car and home.

She was a member of the Wilmington Church of the Nazarene and for many years was a member of the Jay Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to any one of the following: Upper Jay Fire Department, Wilmington Church of the Nazarene, High Peaks Hospice, Alzheimer’s Association.

The service will be on Sunday, July 16, 2017 with a wake beginning at noon and the funeral service to follow at 2 p.m. The burial will follow the service at the Fairview Cemetery for family members only. A gathering for family and friends will be held at the Upper Jay Fire House, Valley Road, Upper Jay, NY immediately following the service.

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