Marcia M. Barry, a Buffalo special-education teacher and counselor, died Sunday in Erie County Medical Center after a brief illness. She was 46.
Born in Albion and a resident of Buffalo the past 28 years, she earned a bachelor's degree in special education from D'Youville College and was a few credits shy of earning her master's degree.
Ms. Barry taught special education in the Buffalo Public Schools for many years and most recently worked at Houghton Academy, where she counseled troubled youth. She also worked at the Cantalician Center and Connors Center.
Nancy Barry, her sister-in-law, described Ms. Barry as a "kind and giving person who loved children."
"She was the little sister I never had," she added.
Ms. Barry enjoyed fishing, hunting and animals.
She is survived by her father, Howard of Albion, and a brother, Peter of Holley.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Friday in St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, 47 Brown St., Albion. Prayers will be said at 10:30 in Merrill-Grinnell Funeral Home, 12 Ingersoll St., Albion. Private burial will be in Kenyonville Cemetery.