Doris Anne Backus Obituary - Cowsmo

Doris Anne Backus Obituary

Cowsmopolitan staff wishes to pass along their most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Doris Anne Backus.

Doris Anne Nicholson Backus, 88, passed away at her longtime home on Fayette Street in Mexico, NY; in which she lived for 70 years. She was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church of Mexico. She and one other were the first females of the session of the church. She was also a Chairman of the Board of Deacons and a Sunday school teacher for 70 years. She also helped with many of the Church’s activities. She enjoyed helping the Pastor and her husband order flowers for Church, that fit in so well with the events.

Doris was a proud supporter of the Registered Holstein cow; she and Horace were mainstays at New York Holstein events and at sales throughout the Northeast. Doris provided valuable advice and insight on the numerous Holstein industry books published by her husband.

She was predeceased by a son, Harry. She is survived by her husband of 70 years, Horace Backus; her son John (Debra) Backus; their sons Jesse (Lauren) Vorrasi, Andrew (Hidemi) Backus, Jonathon Backus, their great-grandchildren Sophie Vorrasi and Landon Vorrasi; her daughter Kim (Marc) Grindle; and their son Derek; her brother, William (Nancy) Nicholson; their children Shamus Nicholson, Dr. Katey Nicholson, Shawn (Lindsay) Nicholson, Sara (Craig) Clark; her great nephew and niece Emmit and Lydia; along with many nieces and nephews. All of the family were important in their own way to a fitting conclusion of a lifetime, devoted to her family and church.

Funeral services will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 12, 2022, from the First Presbyterian Church of Mexico with Pastor Karen Green officiating. Interment will be in Mexico Village Cemetery. Relatives and Friends are invited to call from 12 to 2 pm at the church prior to the service. Arrangements are in care of Harter Funeral Home, Inc., 9 Washington Avenue, Mexico, NY. Please share memories and condolences at

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