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Janet M. Low, history museum worker and volunteer

Dec. 11, 1927 – Dec. 9, 2013

Janet M. Low, a former worker and longtime volunteer at the Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village museum, died Monday in ElderWood Health Care in Amherst following a short illness. She was 85.

The former Janet McClelland was a former events coordinator, researcher and public relations coordinator for the Amherst museum. She retired in 1990 but continued helping as a volunteer for many years afterward.

“She loved history and was really interested in preserving antiques,” recalled one of her daughters, Jean Farmelo.

A native of Wilkinsburgh, Pa., she moved to Amherst 65 years ago after meeting Albert E. Low in Pittsburgh. She and her husband were married for 64 years before his death last year.

The Lows were founding members of the Unitarian Universalist church in Amherst. Before starting work at the museum in 1975, Mrs. Low worked for several years as a reporter and copy editor at the Amherst Bee newspaper.

She is also survived by another daughter, Louise Richards; a son, J. Reed Low; three grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Jan. 11 in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Amherst, 6320 Main St.

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