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Constance Doreen Henshaw, 76, of Williamsville, a community volunteer known for her commitment to education and for her work with youth and families, died Thursday (June 21, 2001) in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst.

Born and educated in England, the former Constance Brownsword moved to the United States in 1957 and to the Buffalo area in 1967.

Long active in her community, she also did volunteer work at the local, county and state levels, with a special emphasis on the welfare and well-being of children and youth. She served continuously on many committees, boards and task forces.

She was very active in the PTA, serving as president of several of them. She was also chairwoman of the annual School Board candidates forum and prepared the school budget brochure and candidates information for the Williamsville PTA Council.

She served as community representative for Williamsville Central School District on the Erie County Association of School Boards Legislative Committee, and was a member of the Empire State Parent Teacher Student Association and the Williamsville Parent Teacher Student Association. She was a chief election inspector for the Williamsville Schools annual budget vote.

She was also was a member of the Amherst Republican Party and the Amherst League of Women Voters, where she served on its board of directors as vice president, membership chairwoman, bulletin editor and action chairwoman.

She also was a member of the Amherst Lunch and Issues Steering Committee, the Williamsville Welcome Wagon Club, where she served as president, the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, the Amherst Youth Board and the Girl Scouts Council of Buffalo and Erie County.

In addition, she was appointed to the Organizational Performance Appraisal Task Group of the Girl Scouts Council of Buffalo and Erie County.

She received the American Education Award in 1977, the New York State PTA Life Membership, the New York State PTA Distinguished Service Award, the Amherst Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award for Education and the Amherst Youth Board Service to Youth Award.

She is survived by her husband, Eric; three sons, Michael E. of Charlotte, N.C., Derek G. of West Seneca, and Ian W. of Cary, N.C.; a brother, Derek G. Brownsword of Harrisonburg, Va.; and seven grandchildren.

A celebration of her life will take place at 1 p.m. today in Williamsville East High School, 151 Paradise Road, East Amherst.

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