Merle Bartholomay "was like Dr. Do-little," according to her daughter-in-law, Roslyn of Grand Island.
"The animals just came to her," Roslyn said. "She would sit on the porch with a cat, and a squirrel would come and eat nuts, and there would be a blue jay there."
Mrs. Bartholomay, who kept three cats and will be remembered among her family for her love of animals, died Thursday (Feb. 22, 2001) in her home after a lengthy illness, during which she received hospice care. She was 84.
She was born Merle Harris in Oneida, where she graduated from high school.
She later moved to Niagara Falls and worked for the Niagara Falls School District for more than 30 years, retiring in the late 1970s as the district's chief dietitian.
Mrs. Bartholomay also ran the banquet facilities for the former Niagara Mohawk Employees Juniaga Club.
She was a member of the former Echota Club and an honorary member of the St. James Senior Citizens Club.
Survivors include two sons, Robert of Grand Island and Peter of Seattle; a sister, Melva Evans of Canastota; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Services will be private. Burial will be in Niagara Falls Memorial Park Cemetery, Lewiston.