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Virginia Roth Dayton, 86, of Gowanda, a retired teacher, died Friday (Sept. 3, 1999) in Tri-County Memorial Hospital, Gowanda.

She was born in the City of Tonawanda and was a graduate of Tonawanda High School. She graduated from Buffalo State Teachers College in 1933.

While teaching at South Dayton High School, she coached women's basketball. She was an avid tennis player and swimmer. She retired with the birth of her first child but substituted for many years.

Mrs. Dayton was a member of the Monday Evening Literary Club of Gowanda, the Gowanda Art Club and the Tri-County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. She was elected Woman of the Year by the Gowanda Business and Professional Women and was former president of the Church Council of Trinity United Church of Christ, where she also was a Sunday school teacher and former president of the Women's Fellowship.

She started the first Welcome Wagon in the Gowanda area, serving as its first hostess, and also taught adult sewing classes.

Surviving are a daughter, Rosemary of Amherst; three sons, John of Kenmore; the Rev. Douglas of Sharon, Pa., and Peter of Gowanda; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Trinity United Church of Christ, 30 Erie Ave., Gowanda. Interment will be in Elmlawn Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.

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