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Mary Eugenia Tevis of Buffalo, a retired hospital supply technician, died Sunday (Nov. 17, 2002) in Millard Fillmore Hospital after a brief illness. She was 81.

Born Mary Estill in Richmond, Ky., she graduated from Richmond High School and Tennessee State University. She moved to Buffalo in 1949.

She worked for the J.N. Adam department store, where she was believed to be the first African-American employee. She also worked as a clerical supply technician at Children's Hospital from 1960 to 1968.

In 1968, she moved back to Tennessee and worked as a supply technician at Good Samaritan Hospital in Lexington from 1969 until her retirement in 1986.

Mrs. Tevis was a Cub Scout den mother, former president of the Heart of the Home Club at the Dante housing project and a chaperon for St. Paul's Episcopal Church Sunday night socials.

The widow of James W. Tevis, she is survived by two daughters, JoCarol Boyd of Charlotte, N.C., and Jean Kelly of Buffalo; a son, William Dillingham of Atlanta; 12 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great-grandchildren.

A service will be held at noon Friday in Antioch Baptist Church, 1329 Fillmore Ave. Burial will be private.

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