Born: September 17, 1924

Died: January 31, 2015

Married: Arlington Dora (died 1973), Charles M. Sayles

Children: William Dora, Richard Dora, Raymond Dora, Lynn Stratz, Kareen Tyler, Carol Sawyer

Betty Sayles


Adirondack Daily Enterprise, February 12, 1987

Perras and Sayles are King and queen


SARANAC LAKE - Reginald Perras and Betty Sayles were crowned King and Queen of the 1987 Winter Carnival in a foot-tapping, hand-clapping coronation ceremony Wednesday night at the Harrietstown Town Hall.

In an elaborate ceremony that featured music, dancing and singing, the new royalty were introduced and the 90th Winter Carnival was officially opened.

In keeping with the tradition of naming the new king and queen, the identities of Her Majesty and His Highness were kept secret until their biographies were read at the ceremony.

Queen Betty was born in Malone and moved to Saranac Lake in 1946. She has been active in the St. Bernard's Mothers' Club and was Past Exalted Lady of Ladies of the Elks three times. She has also served as co-chairman of several Carnival Coronation Committees and as president of the Women's Civic Chamber four times.

She was dining room manager at the Elks Club for 15 years and owner of Betty's restaurant for ten years. She was married to the late Charles Sayles. She is the mother of six children.


Elizabeth "Betty" L. Dora, age 90, of 41 Fawn Street, Saranac Lake, died Saturday, January 31, 2015 at Adirondack Medical Center

Born in Saranac Lake, New York on September 17, 1924, she was the daughter of Lauriston and Mildred B. (Nesbit) Lunan. Betty married Arlington Dora on June 7th , 1947 at St. Bridget’s Church, Trout River, NY. He predeceased her on March 31, 1973.

Betty was a lifelong resident of Saranac Lake and had been employed at the Grand Union for over 20 years as a bookkeeper until her retirement in 1988. She is a charter member of the Saranac Lake Women’s Civic Chamber, volunteered for meals on wheels, served on the St. Bernard’s School Board of Education and Mothers Club. Betty was a member of St. Bernard’s parish and served as Eucharistic minister at the hospital. She also volunteered and provided hot meals for the ice palace workers for many years and was chosen as Queen of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival in 1975.

She is survived by three sons William Dora and his wife Ginger of Saranac Lake, Richard Dora and his wife Peggy of Bloomingdale, Raymond Dora and his wife Donna of Saranac Lake, three daughters Lynn Stratz and her husband Steve of Tempe, AZ, Kareen Tyler and her husband James of Saranac Lake and Carol Sawyer and her husband Gordon of Rainbow Lake, two brothers James Lunan and wife Cora of Schertz, TX and Kenneth Lunan and his wife Helen of Brushton, one sister Patricia Cartier and her husband Raymond of Ft. Covington, 13 grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, mother , two brothers Robert, and William Lunan, one sister Shirley Carmody, and her grandson Seth Arlington Sawyer.

Calling hours will take place at the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 2:00 PM on Wednesday February 4, 2015 at St. Bernard's Church, with Rev. Patrick Ratigan officiating. Burial will take place at St. Bernard's Cemetery in Saranac Lake in the spring.

Friends wishing to remember Betty Dora may make memorial contributions to St. Bernard's School in care of the funeral home. Family and friends can also share their memories and sign the online guestbook at