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Mary-Kent J. Prentice, led history museum capital campaign

Dec. 6, 1923 – May 30, 2014

Mary-Kent J. Prentice, a lifelong community volunteer who headed the major capital campaign that renovated the Buffalo History Museum in the 1990s, died Friday in her home after a long illness. She was 90.

Born in Buffalo, the former Mary-Kent Jewett attended Westover School in Middlebury, Conn., and was a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College.

Mrs. Prentice served as president of the board of directors of Buffalo History Museum and received the museum’s Red Jacket Award in 1994 after she chaired the $5.3 million capital campaign that renovated the museum on Forest Avenue.

She also received the International Institute Award in 2002 for contributions to the institute and the foreign-born.

A former teacher in the Westminster Presbyterian Church Early Childhood Program, she worked with various community organizations. She was president of the Junior Board of Buffalo General Hospital, a board member of the Arts Council in Buffalo and Erie County and treasurer of Women for Downtown.

A partner for 18 years in LaBelle Boutique, in 1976 she became the first woman elected to the board of directors of the former Buffalo Savings Bank. She also served on the boards of directors of Church Mission of Help Counseling and the Automobile Club of Western New York.

She was a member of the Garret Club, the Clarksburg Country Club and the Buffalo Tennis and Squash Club. She also was a member of GARG (the Golden Agers Rap Group).

She enjoyed gardening, golf, tennis, bridge, needlepoint, knitting and reading.

Survivors include her husband of 68 years, Theodore C.; three daughters, Cricket Gordon, Zandy Barrett and Holly Stabler; a son, Barney; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in Westminster Presbyterian Church, 724 Delaware Ave.

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