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Earlene Ware, a longtime churchwoman and worker at Masten District polling places, died Saturday (Oct. 18, 1997) in Erie County Medical Center after a brief illness. She was 89.

The former Earlene Marion, a native of Mississippi, was a schoolteacher and midwife in Houston, Miss., in the early 1950s. She moved to the Buffalo area in 1956.

Mrs. Ware was active in Pine Bluff Baptist Church in Houlka, Miss., and also was active in the church at the Greater Center Union in Buffalo, where she served on the Mothers Board.

At the time of her death, Mrs. Ware was a member of Mount Olivet Baptist Church.

Survivors include her former husband, Albert Cooperwood; five sons, Hampton Cooperwood, Earlee Cooperwood, James T. Cooperwood, Edward Cooperwood and Bobby J. Price; three daughters, Lila B. Cooperwood and Ethel F. Lucas, both of Chicago, and Eunice Cooperwood; 36 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in Mount Olivet Church, 693 E. Delavan Ave. Burial will be in Forest Lawn.

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