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Mary Ellen Cheshire, 101, church volunteer, cafeteria worker

Jan. 7, 1915 - Feb. 15, 2016

Mary Ellen Cheshire, a longtime resident of the Niagara Falls and Lewiston area, died Monday in Elderwood Care Center, Liverpool, where she resided for the past few years. She was 101.

Mrs. Cheshire spent nearly the first two years of her life at Niagara Falls Memorial Hospital while her father searched for someone to care for his daughter so he could continue to work his job at DuPont and support her. The nurses even made her a little nurse’s uniform. She then lived with a family in Lockport until she was 13 and could move in permanently with her father and two older brothers in Niagara Falls. Her father gave the hospital a sewing machine in appreciation for the care they gave his daughter for free.

Following her graduation from Trott Vocational School in Niagara Falls and her marriage in 1933 to Joseph Cheshire, Mrs. Cheshire lived in Lewiston, where she and her husband built three of their own homes and raised three children.

She was an active member and volunteer at the Lewiston Presbyterian Church for most of her adult life, cleaning the church weekly and helping in many other ways.

She had been a cafeteria worker in the Lewiston-Porter school system. Mrs. Cheshire and her husband traveled extensively in retirement, including a trip to England visiting relatives. He died in 1996.

She is survived by a son, Thomas; a daughter, Dorothy Landers; nine stepchildren; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; 19 stepgrandchildren and two stepgreat-grandchildren.

A memorial service will held 11 a.m. April 16 in the Lewiston Presbyterian Church, 505 Cayuga St., Lewiston.