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VIRGINIA RICH, HARNESS RACING DRIVER
MAY 16, 1952 -- JULY 27, 2004

A service for Virginia MacKenzie Rich, an award-winning harness racing driver, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday in the Chapel at Forest Lawn.

Ms. Rich, 52, of Hamburg, died Tuesday in Mercy Hospital.

She drove at Buffalo Raceway and Batavia Downs and throughout the Northeast during the 1970s and 1980s. She also trained, groomed and showed horses and was an instructor.

A National Collegiate Harness Racing champion, Ms. Rich won a Sports Illustrated Award of Merit in 1976 as well as many other horsemanship awards.

Born in Buffalo, she earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from Daemen College.

She was a member of the American Harness Racing Association and was a substantial supporter of the SPCA, HEART and local animal shelters. She enjoyed reading and painting.

Survivors include a son, Frederick A. of Hamburg; her stepmother, Louise B. Rich of Longboat Key, Fla.; two sisters, Elizabeth A. of Everett, Wash., and Kathryn L. of Bradenton, Fla.; and two stepbrothers, William M. Decker IV of Pittsburgh and Robert C. Decker of San Francisco.

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