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Florence M. Poley, 92, first teacher’s aide in city schools

Aug. 20, 1921 – Aug. 24, 2013

Florence M. Poley died Saturday at her Amherst home, four days after her 92nd birthday.

Born in Forestville, she was one of 13 children. She attended Buffalo public schools and graduated from East High School.

Mrs. Poley earned her bachelor’s degree from the University at Buffalo in 1977 at age 56. She was the first teacher’s aide in the Buffalo school district, where she worked for 23 years.

She had an adventurous spirit, becoming a world traveler and exploring 16 countries. In addition to being an accomplished seamstress, she enjoyed music and competed in Sweet Adeline national competitions for more than 30 years.

She was known throughout Buffalo for her baked goods and candies, which she carefully prepared and sold at Christmas. The holiday season was particularly special to Mrs. Poley, whose heirloom Christmas village was featured in The Buffalo News in 1976.

She was the widow of H. Robert Poley.

Survivors include two sons, Carl and James; two daughters, Linda Amico and Katie McWilliam; and two sisters, Alice Suor and Ruth Meier.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Dietrich Funeral Home, 2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst.

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