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JAN. 10, 1917 -- APRIL 16, 2005

Onnie Grayson of Buffalo, a homemaker and devout churchgoer, died Saturday in Sisters Hospital after a brief illness. She was 88.

Born Onnie Tensley in Sweet Water, Ala., she moved to Buffalo in the 1940s and remained a resident of the city for the rest of her life.

She worked briefly as a cook at a Deco Restaurant.

For most of her life, she was a homemaker and primary caregiver for her disabled son. Family members, who came to her for advice and Pentecostal ministry, referred to those activities as her "Women Circle of Life."

Mrs. Grayson had been a member of Independent Baptist Church in Sweet Water and First Holy Baptist Church in Buffalo.

Her husband, Sylvester, died in 1971.

Surviving are four sons, Charles, Clifford and John-Douglas, all of Buffalo, and Johnny of Summertown, Tenn.; 20 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Lighthouse Gospel Tabernacle, 883 Sycamore St. Burial will be in Forest Lawn.


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