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Juanita Smith, retired hatmaker Died Sept. 15, 2004

Juanita Smith of Branchburg, N.J., a longtime Buffalo resident and retired hatmaker, died Sept. 15 in her home. She was 70.

Born in Edwards, Miss., she moved to Buffalo in 1954 and remained here until moving to New Jersey eight years ago.

She had worked as a hatmaker for 38 years for Toppers. She was a past president and vice president of Local 111, International Ladies Garment Workers Union.

While in Buffalo, she was a trustee of Mount Aaron Missionary Baptist Church and sang in the choir.

She enjoyed cooking and baking, creating "Neet's Sweets and Treats." She loved to garden and play horseshoes and Scrabble.

Survivors include two daughters, Cheryl Glenn of Albany and Veronica Seale of Branchburg; two sons, Percy Jr. and Eric, and a sister, Willie Ella Rollison, all of Buffalo; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Mount Aaron Missionary Baptist Church, 538 Genesee St. Burial will be in Forest Lawn.


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