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Maura Ryan Kelly, 28, died Wednesday (Feb. 14, 2001) in Millard Fillmore Hospital after a long struggle with Hodgkin's disease.

A lifelong Buffalo-area resident, Ms. Kelly worked as a hairstylist for Santangelo Hair Salon in Cheektowaga and Salon Bandelian in the Allentown neighborhood.

She was a graduate of Buffalo Seminary and, at the time of her death, was nearing completion of studies in psychology at Buffalo State College, where she was a member of Psi Chi, the psychology honor society.

In 1990, she was an exchange student in Hungary.

Ms. Kelly was an artist and had exhibited in an Allen Street gallery. Among her other artistic endeavors were jewelry and cartooning.

A musician, Ms. Kelly played viola and studied under Joseph Wincenc.

She enjoyed reading, writing, bicycling and collecting dolls.

Ms. Kelly was known for her generosity, sense of humor and beautiful curly red hair, according to her husband, Frank E. Ferro.

"She had a sense of style and grace about her that was really down to earth," he said. "Even though she was beautiful, she never flaunted it."

She was a lifelong member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, where she attended church school and was a member of the children's choir and where she was married Oct. 7.

Survivors, in addition to her husband, include her mother, Jeannette, and sister, Kathleen I., both of Clarence.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in Westminster Church, 724 Delaware Ave., after prayers at 10:15 in Amigone Funeral Home, 1132 Delaware Ave. Burial will be in Forest Lawn.


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