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SARAH LOUISE WOODS, SINGER, TOURED U.S., EUROPE

Sarah Louise Woods loved to sing, especially in the various choirs she performed with at St. John Baptist Church.

Singing allowed her to tour the nation and Europe and even perform for President Clinton.

Ms. Woods died Monday (Jan. 24, 2000) in Erie County Medical Center after a brief illness, three days after her 54th birthday.

Born in Buffalo, she was a 1964 graduate of East High School.

At age 4, she joined St. John Baptist Church, where she was alternately a member of the Junior Choir, the Youth and Young Adult Choir, United Voices of St. John and the Radio Choir, among others. She toured as a soloist with Gemini Dance Theatre.

In addition to the various church choirs she sang with, she was a member of the Progressive National Baptist Convention Choir. In 1996, she sang a duet with gospel superstar Tremaine Hawkins at the National Baptist Convention in Charlotte, N.C., at which Clinton was in attendance.

Ms. Woods had been employed at M. Wile Co. and Jim Bell Cleaners.

Most recently, she had worked as a teacher's aide at School 31. Prior to that, she was a teacher's aide at School 12.

Ms. Woods, who enjoyed working with children, also was employed at St. John Christian Academy, a private elementary school run by St. John Baptist Church, and at the church's summer youth program.

A service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in St. John Baptist Church, 184 Goodell St. Burial will be in Forest Lawn.

Ms. Woods is survived by her husband of 32 years, David L.; a son, David of Warren, Ohio; her mother, Mary Alice Walker-Boyd; six sisters, Cassandra Brown of New York City, L. Jayne Robinson, Linda M. Gray, Mary Alice Boyd, LeDonia A. Boyd and Regina D. Boyd; two brothers, Richard D. Boyd and Samuel K. Boyd; and two grandchildren.

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