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May 5, 2013

Betsy Diachun earns big county honor, to be recognized during Albany ceremony

Betsy Diachun earns big county honor, to be recognized during Albany ceremony

Niagara Gazette — Do not wait politely until 9 a.m. to call Betsy Diachun.   

She likely would be long gone, having risen with the birds before playing a game of tennis and then stopping to have her hair done at an hour most others are just pouring their morning coffee.

How else could she be involved in more volunteer enterprises than most people have fingers. You’d need to pull your socks off and start counting on toes before really understanding the amount of effort the Lewiston resident puts into improving the community.

Diachun was recently named Senior Citizen of the Year for Niagara County, and her nomination came from Nora Perez, who became friends with Diachun when their children were young.

“When I saw the announcement about the nomination, I just thought of Betsy right away and what a wonderful candidate she’d be,” Perez said.

“She’s not just bright, friendly and compassionate, she’s also great fun to be with,” Perez said.

Betsy’s sense of humor is surely evident when Diachun jokes that it would have been hard not to win the award since her nominator, Perez, is a noted author of historical fiction.

“How could I miss when my nomination was written by an author,” she smiled recently while enjoying a cup of coffee on a comfortable couch surrounded by books on the second floor of The Book Corner, owned by her son, Jeff Morrow.

The mother of three who recently moved to Lewiston with her second husband, Peter Diachun, also has a daughter who is an artist, living on an island in Maine, and a son who is a physical therapist in Seattle.

As the apples don’t fall too far from the tree, there was some good natured kidding from her children, about the award, she said. “My kids want to know if this is something I dreamed of when I was 16 — a banner across my chest declaring me ‘Ms. Senior Citizen — Niagara County — 2013.’ ”

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