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Alice Darby, 83, died Thursday (Feb. 15, 2001) in Mount St. Mary's Hospital, Lewiston, after a brief illness.

Born Mary Alice McGreen in Pittsburgh, she graduated from the former LaSalle High School and Kelley Business Institute.

During World War II, Mrs. Darby was a secretary in the War Department in Washington, working for U.S. Navy Adm. Richard Byrd.

After the war, she returned to Niagara Falls and worked as a secretary for several local companies, including Carborundum Co. and DuPont Co.

After raising her children, Mrs. Darby returned to secretarial work at Niagara University in the 1980s.

Mrs. Darby played the piano and organ. During her school years, she played at St. John de LaSalle, Sacred Heart and Prince of Peace Catholic churches and sang in the choir at St. Mary of the Cataract Catholic Church.

She volunteered at the former DeVeaux Manor Nursing Home in the 1970s while her mother was a resident there.

Mrs. Darby was a member of the Hyde Park Garden Club, St. Teresa's Social Club and the Bereavement Committee at St. Teresa of the Infant Jesus Catholic Church, which she attended for more than 40 years.

Survivors include her husband of 48 years, Louis F.; three sons, James K. of Tulsa, Okla., Robert L. of Bartlett, Ill., and Richard P. of Niagara Falls; a daughter, Susan C. Koenig of Albuquerque, N.M.; and seven grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Teresa of the Infant Jesus Church, 3840 Macklem Ave., after prayers at 9:30 in Otto Redanz Funeral Home, Michigan Avenue and 10th Street. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Lewiston.


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