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Marilyn C. Peacock, 62, a Buffalo businesswoman, evangelist and community activist, died Monday (Aug. 24, 1998) while visiting relatives in Amherst, Ohio. She had been in ill health for some time.

Born Marilyn Mays in Brunswick, Ga., she graduated from high school in Brunswick and later received her state license from the Buffalo School of Cosmetology.

She owned and operated Classic Hair Fashion Salon and was an active member of Unit 42 of the National Beauticians Association. She also earned her degree as a licensed practical nurse from the University at Buffalo.

At the time of her illness, she was employed by the Community Action Organization of Erie County, working with adult skills class programs. She was secretary of the CAO board, vice chairwoman of the Masten Neighborhood Advisory Council and president of the New York State Head Start Parents Association.

A gospel singer of note and an appointed apostle, she served as a licensed missionary and evangelist at Pentecostal Church and the Light of the World Mission of Buffalo.

She had been an assistant pastor of Nehemiah Missionary Baptist Church, associate minister and supervisor of Open Door Baptist Church, a member of the Deep Silence Ministers Alliance and a national mother and supervisor of Sought Out Church of God in Christ in Brunswick.

Survivors include her husband, Jay Lee; four daughters, Cheryl Reid of Brunswick, Jaynitah of Amherst, Ohio, Vanessa Dubois of London, Ont., and Christel; two sisters, and Ruby Cyiark of Columbus, Ohio, and Maggie Clark; six brothers, Charles of Waterbury, Conn., James of Brunswick, and Archie, Jacob, Samuel and William Mays; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Mount Olive Baptist Church, 701 E. Delavan Ave. Burial will be in Sheffield Chapel, Everett, Ga.


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