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Corella M. McCarty, a retired businesswoman and a foster mother, died Sunday in Buffalo General Hospital after a lengthy illness. She was 89.

She owned and operated the Club Coronado on Riley Street from 1965 to 1982. She previously owned and operated a car wash on the East Side.

Born in Green County, Miss., the former Corella Marie Powe graduated from high school in Winchester, Miss., and came to Buffalo in 1940.

Mother of two children, she was a foster mother to more than 30 children from 1971 to 2002.

Mrs. McCarty was an active member of Antioch Baptist Church and Lady Heart Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star. She was a former president the Buffalo Women's Democratic Club and served on many boards and civic committees.

She enjoyed sports and cooking. She sponsored baseball and bowling teams, was a league bowler and won many trophies.

Her husband of 50 years, Luther "Mack" McCarty, died in 1986.

Surviving are two sisters, Maude Holloway and Irene James, both of Mississippi; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in Antioch Baptist Church, 1327 Fillmore Ave. Burial will be in Forest Lawn.


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