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VIRGINIA C. MATTISON, GRAMCO PRESIDENT

Virginia C. "Sibby" Mattison of Silver Creek, former president of Gramco, died Saturday (Sept. 23, 2000) at home after a long illness. She was 77.

Born Virginia C. Campbell in Canonsburg, Pa., she graduated from Canonsburg High School. She later received an associate's degree in dental hygiene from the University of Michigan. She worked as a dental hygienist for three years in Pittsburgh.

Mrs. Mattison relocated to Cattaraugus from Pittsburgh in 1947. That same year, she married Donald E. Mattison, who died in 1971.

Upon his death, she succeeded her husband as president of Gramco.

Mrs. Mattison retired in 1987 and moved to Silver Creek. She divided her time between residences in Silver Creek and Venice, Fla.

She was the first woman to become president of the Eastern Federation of Feed Merchants. She was also past treasurer of Mutual Millers & Feed Dealers of Western New York, and she served on the board of directors of National Grain and Feed Dealers.

Mrs. Mattison was named Woman of the Year by the Distillers Research Committee in 1971.

She devoted 13 years to the Cattaraugus Girl Scouts and was a member of Cattaraugus United Methodist Church.

She is survived by two daughters, Janet L. Spalding of Orlando, Fla., and Nancy Jane Human of Williamsville; two sons, David W. of Atlanta and Robert D. of Springville; a sister, Jane D. Lane of Cape Coral, Fla.; two brothers, William H. Campbell of Lincoln, Neb., and Robert A. Campbell of Pittsburgh; and six grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Cattaraugus United Memorial Methodist Church, Washington Street.

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