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Sister Mary Urban Archer, 86, a history teacher at Rosary Hill (now Daemen) College in Snyder and Sacred Heart Academy in Eggertsville, died Wednesday (July 23, 1997) in Mount St. Mary's Hospital.

Born in Lancaster, Ohio, she entered the Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity in 1928 at Stella Niagara and made her profession of religious vows in 1930. She lived at Stella Niagara in her retirement.

Sister Archer studied at Stella Niagara Normal School in Buffalo and Ohio State University and received a bachelor's degree from St. Mary of the Springs College, a master's from St. Bonaventure University in 1951, and a doctorate in philosophy from St. Louis University in 1963.

She taught at Stella Niagara and St. Ann's School in Buffalo as well as schools in Ohio and West Virginia in the 1930s and early '40s. From 1952 to 1977, she taught at Sacred Heart Academy and Rosary Hill College.

She contributed as a writer and editor to the history of her religious congregation. She edited "Mother Magdalen -- Her Congregation" and researched and wrote histories of the Stella Niagara Eastern Province and the Holy Name Province.

Surviving are a brother, Daniel Archer, and a sister, Sister Marilyn Archer, also of the Franciscan sisters, both of Ohio.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday in Stella Niagara Chapel, 4421 Lower River Road.

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