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MANN, Pamela Marguerite

MANN - Pamela Marguerite Age 50, artist and disabled-rights advocate, died Thursday April 12, 2012 after a brief illness. She was the beloved daughter of the late Janice and Arthur Mann; cherished by her sister Elisabeth, sister in law Christine Van Veghten; and her best friend Cheryl Fuller; loved by her aunt and uncle Rita and Robert Mann; also survived by cousins and many beloved friends in Girl Scouting, Disabled and GLBT Rights Communities. She was born with cerebral palsy and attended School 84 in Buffalo, NY. She and her late mother pioneered Girl Scouting for disabled students in Buffalo and Erie County. She and her family participated in enforcing legislation regarding services provided to disabled children in WNY school districts. As an adult, she regularly lobbied the government in Albany and Washington DC on issues concerning funding and access to services for people with disabilities. She was living at an Aspire Group home at the time of her death. She participated in several LGBT events, carrying the banner for a number of Gay Pride parades and advocating for inclusion of disabled people in that community. She was a visual artist, working in several mediums, most recently using computer-based graphics at Tech Today, to create her images, and her work was shown at the Impact Artists' Gallery annual Fine Art, Healing and Health Show. She was most recently featured in the Artvoice "Give for Greatness" 2012 guide. The family will be present to receive friends Saturday April 21, 2012 from 10-11 AM at the LESTER H. WEDEKINDT INC. FUNERAL HOME, 3290 Delaware Ave., Kenmore, NY, with a memorial service to follow at 11 AM. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to Aspire of WNY or the Pride Center of WNY.

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