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RHODA WARREN, LIBRARIAN, MAYOR, WRITER
JUNE 22, 1922 -- OCT. 25, 2004

Rhoda Warren, a retired librarian and former mayor of the Village of Wyoming, died Oct. 25 in East Side Nursing Home, Warsaw, after a long illness. She was 82.

Born Rhoda Bailey in Jackson, Ky., she moved to Western New York in the 1930s.

She worked as a newspaper reporter and editor before taking a job as Wyoming village librarian for many years. She also served briefly as village mayor in the 1970s.

Mrs. Warren was active in the Republican Party and once dined in the home of Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller.

She enjoyed gardening and was an accomplished seamstress who created original fabric wall hangings and quilts.

At age 73, she wrote "Appalachian Mountain Girl: Coming of Age in Coal Mine Country," an account of growing up the oldest of 13 children in southeastern Kentucky during the Great Depression.

Mrs. Warren originally wrote the stories in the 1960s but was unable to get them published. With the help of an English professor, she later reworked the text for Academy Chicago Publishers.

Her husband of more than 45 years, Howard L., also a former Wyoming mayor, died in 1976.

Surviving are a daughter, Sue Mearns of Rochester; two sons, Lewis of Medford, Mass., and David of Arlington, Va.; four sisters, Irene Browning of Castile, Betty LaDelpha of Warsaw, Ann Keaton of Homosassa Springs, Fla., and Mary Margaret Goodenow of Wyoming; five brothers, James Bailey of Eustis, Fla., Frank Bailey of Perry, John Bailey of Seymour, Ind., Cornelius Bailey of Lafayette, Tenn., and Isaac Bailey of North Vernon, Ind.; and three grandchildren.

A gathering of friends and family will be held at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 28 in Fellowship Hall of Wyoming Presbyterian Church, 5 N. Academy St., followed by a memorial service at 2:15 in the sanctuary. Burial will be in Wyoming Cemetery.

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