Alice E. Haefner's life spanned three centuries and 20 presidents before she died Nov. 8, 2002, at age 107.
The former Alice Fraser was born in Buffalo in 1895 and lived for most of her life in South Buffalo, much of that time on Yale Place. She was a charter and lifelong member of South Presbyterian Church on Seneca Street, where she taught Sunday school for 25 years and was a member of the Ladies Guild. She was a seamstress before marrying her husband of 50 years, Herbert. After his death in 1968, she joined the Flying Senior Citizens of South Buffalo and traveled extensively.
Her daughter Helen Peacock, of Amherst, said her mother used to share recollections of the city from a bygone era.
"She used to talk about how the cattlemen used to drive cattle down Seneca Street on the way to the slaughterhouse," Peacock said.
Mrs. Haefner also had vague recollections of the Pan-American Exhibition, staged in 1901 when she was 6, her daughter said.
"She remembered the upside-down house at the Pan-Am Exhibition," said Peacock, who attributed her mother's longevity to her love of walking and aversion to cars.
"She used to walk a lot. I think that's why she lived so long -- she never drove," Peacock said.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today in Beechwood Continuing Care, 2235 Millersport Highway, Amherst, where Mrs. Haefner lived for the past six years. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery, Town of Hamburg.
Besides her daughter, Mrs. Haefner is also survived by another daughter, Jane Bielan of Williamsville; a grandson; and four great-grandchildren.