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Cora Tapson Martin, 86, a vaudeville performer who later taught dance in Buffalo for more than 60 years, died today (Dec. 14, 1990) in Millard Fillmore Hospital.

Born in Buffalo, she began touring in vaudeville at the age of 9 in a "sister act" with her friend, Katherine Humphrey. The "Humphrey Sisters" performed song and dance routines across the United States and Canada until 1923.

Miss Tapson had studios on Main Street and later at Bailey and Kensington avenues.

She retired at 80, when her last studio, located in the Kensington Theater building, was destroyed in a fire. A member of the Western New York Council of Dance Masters and the Dancemasters of America for 55 years, she also was a 50-year member of Starlight Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, and a member of St. Mary's on the Hill Episcopal Church.

Mrs. Martin is survived by a daughter, Carol Fix of Amherst, and two grandchildren.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in the Lester H. Wedekindt Funeral Home, 3290 Delaware Ave., Kenmore. Burial will be in Buffalo Cemetery, Cheektowaga.

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