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Edith P. Bailey, business owner, community volunteer

May 25, 1950 - Aug. 26, 2013

Edith P. Bailey, a longtime volunteer with local organizations, including the Hunter’s Hope Foundation, and co-owner of Elmwood Warehousing in Buffalo, died Monday after a short illness. She was 63.

Born Edith Pepe in Buffalo, she attended Riverside High School. She grew up helping out at the family business, a wholesale food company called Top Notch that her parents founded in Buffalo. Later, she and her former husband, the late Glenn G. Bailey, co-owned Elmwood Warehousing on Elmwood Avenue.

An Amherst resident, Mrs. Bailey spent decades serving others as a foster mother and as a volunteer for an array of local organizations.

She began volunteering for Hunter’s Hope soon after it was founded by former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly and family in 1997, inspired more by her love of children than by any sense of devotion to the Buffalo celebrity, though she would go on to develop a personal friendship with the Kelly family.

Mrs. Bailey enjoyed building relationships with children in need of extra care and their families, and was known to pay daily visits to hospitalized children. She also volunteered with the Kelly for Kids Foundation.

Mrs. Bailey also served the Leukemia Society for more than a decade after a relative who worked for the organization inspired her to lend a hand. There, she helped run the “Jello splash” and bachelor auction, among other events.

During the Vietnam War, she volunteered at the VA Hospital on Bailey Avenue, hoping to contribute to the war effort while her boyfriend at the time fought overseas.

Mrs. Bailey was an honorary member of the East Amherst Fire Department, where her son volunteered. In addition to cooking for various department functions, she was known to cook breakfast for firefighters working the night shift.

Survivors include a son, Glen, a daughter, Lisa Bona; and a sister, Joanne Ventrilla.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Mary Catholic Church, 6919 Transit Road, Swormville.

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