Grace Putnam, a former dietitian for the Niagara County Department of Social Services, died Sunday after a brief illness in Schofield Residence, Town of Tonawanda, where she had lived since 1996. She was 97.
Born Grace Whitwell in Cambria, she was a graduate of Lockport High School and earned a bachelor's degree in dietetics from Cornell University.
Mrs. Putnam worked as a dietitian for residence halls at Cornell after she graduated, then was a demonstrator and instructor for the Montgomery Ward and Sears, Roebuck & Co. stores in Lockport. Later, she was chief dietitian for the Niagara County Social Services Department from 1961 to 1976, when she retired.
A longtime Lockport resident, she was a member of Lockport Emmanuel Methodist Church. She enjoyed crafts and sewing.
Her husband of 54 years, J. Stanley, died in 1983.
Surviving are a daughter, Elizabeth Putnam Coates of the Town of Tonawanda; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Amigone Funeral Home, 2600 Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda. Burial will be in her husband's family plot in Constantine Methodist Church Cemetery, Constantine, Mich.