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Mary G. Perry, 88, of Tequesta, Fla., a former Buffalo resident and a sportswoman, died Saturday (Sept. 25, 1999) in Hospice of Palm Beach County after a short illness.

Born Mary Gilfillian in Waynesburg, Pa., she was a graduate of Waynesburg College and earned a master's degree in music at New York University. She played piano and organ.

After teaching music privately and in schools in Pennsylvania, she came to Buffalo in 1940. During World War II, she worked with the early-warning system in Buffalo as a plotter and received the Bundles for Britain Award.

Active as a volunteer, she headed various committees for the March of Dimes and American Red Cross and was a vice president of the Crippled Children's Guild.

An avid golfer, she played for many years in tournaments for the Western New York Golf Federation in Pinehurst, N.C.

She was a past member of the Brookfield and Wanakah country clubs. She scored two holes-in-one during her golfing career and won a senior women's tournament in West Palm Beach two months after having hip replacement surgery.

She helped develop many of the women's programs at Wanakah Country Club and the Buffalo Athletic Club. As a young woman, she maintained a 165 bowling average.

She moved to Florida in the late 1980s but continued to spend summers in the Buffalo area.

She and Robert H. Perry were married in 1938. A manufacturer's representative, he died in 1988.

Surviving are a son, John of Clarence; a daughter, Marcia Di-Santi of Tequesta; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held today in the First Presbyterian Church of Tequesta.

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