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Mary McGinley Byers, a retired Navy officer, died Tuesday (Jan. 19, 1999) in St. Francis Home of Williamsville. She was 78.

Born and educated in Buffalo, Mrs. Byers graduated in 1941 from Mount Mercy Nursing Academy and went on to earn a bachelor of science degree and a master of science degree, cum laude, from Canisius College.

She was a naval officer and served stateside during World War II at the Oakland, Calif., Naval Base and in New Orleans.

In 1948, she married Samuel T. Byers, a chemistry instructor at Canisius College and president of Age Catalyst Co. He died in 1964.

After raising her children, Mrs. Byers worked as a nurse at the University at Buffalo and then for the Town of Amherst in the Amherst Senior Citizen Center. She also oversaw the Amherst Meals on Wheels program.

Mrs. Byers volunteered for the Williamsville school district and at the Amherst Library and was a literacy volunteer.

She was a former member of the Altar and Rosary Society of St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, Amherst, and the Retired Officers Association.

Survivors include a daughter, Terry Baker of Snyder; a son Mike of Raleigh, N.C.; a sister, Elizabeth Fox of Evansville, Ind.; and a granddaughter.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Leo the Great Church, 885 Sweet Home Road, Amherst. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Lackawanna.

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