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Athena Donaldson, 94, accomplished bridge player; April 19, 1917 -- Feb. 22, 2012

Athena J. Donaldson of Buffalo, an accomplished bridge player who was active in her church, died Feb. 22 in Delaware Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was 94.

The former Athena Jamesson was born in Elmira and moved to Buffalo during childhood.

She graduated from Bennett High School and Bryant & Stratton Business School.

For nearly 40 years, Mrs. Donaldson was a member of the 20th Century Club, where she enjoyed luncheons and dances and did modeling in fashion shows.

She was an avid bridge player and won numerous rubber and duplicate bridge tournaments.

She also was a member of the old Buffalo Duplicate Bridge Club and the Buffalo Seminary Bridge group.

Mrs. Donaldson was member of Westminster Presbyterian Church and a past member of its Presbyterian Women's Group, taking part in numerous missions and community outreach activities.

She was a past Pink Lady volunteer at Millard Fillmore Hospital for more than three decades and a past member of the Junior League of Buffalo.

In addition, she was an avid traveler and visited countries throughout Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas.

Her husband of 47 years, D. King Donaldson, died in 1988.

She is survived by two sons, David K. and H. Marc; two daughters, Gail and Lynne; and a brother, Harry K. Jamesson.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Westminster Presbyterian Church, 724 Delaware Ave.