Louiza B. Hord, 85, of Amherst, a retired businesswoman and teacher's aide, died Sunday in Niagara Lutheran Nursing Home after a long illness.
Born in St. Clair, Ga., the former Louiza Bryant moved from Keysville, Ga., to Buffalo with her family in 1943. She earned a cosmetology degree from Ophelia's Beauty School and studied business administration at the University at Buffalo.
She worked as a teacher's aide in Buffalo Public Schools from 1971 to 1983, a year after she opened Louiza's Fashion Boutique on Main Street near Fillmore Avenue. She later moved the business, which specialized in women's hats, to her home before closing it in 1994.
Active in First Shiloh Baptist Church for more than 40 years, she served as treasurer and was a member of the ushers board. Later she was a founding member and trustee of Free Spirit Missionary Baptist Church.
She also worshipped at Calvary Baptist Church and attended Prince of Peace Temple with her son and his family.
Her husband of 39 years, Frederick D., died in 1996.
Survivors include a daughter, Grayla H. Reneau of Ithaca; a son, Geoffrey D. of Getzville; a stepdaughter, Carol Gallon of Buffalo; a sister, Melrose O'Riley of Buffalo; two brothers, Clarence Bryant and James A. Bryant Jr., both of Buffalo; nine grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in Prince of Peace Temple, 669 Kensington Ave. Burial will be in Acacia Park Cemetery, Pendleton.