Sandra McCoy Hooten of Gowanda, a former hostess and manager in leading Buffalo restaurants, died Tuesday in Lake Shore Hospital, Irving, after a brief illness. She was 64.
Born Sandra Watt in Buffalo, she was a parochial high school graduate. She was a dining room manager in Plaza Suite Restaurant atop One M&T Plaza and hostess for many years at Manny's and Lord Chumley's restaurants.
After she married Glenn Hooten, she moved to Gowanda and became a certified substance abuse counselor. In recent years, she shifted her focus to become an advocate for mental health and wellness.
An animal lover, she had two dogs, four cats and a variety of birds and worked as a volunteer at a wildlife refuge.
In addition to her husband, survivors include a daughter, Lynda Cicero of Fairport; her father and stepmother, John and Dena Watt of Paso Robles, Calif.; four sisters, Lynda Rundberg of Palm Beach, Fla., Diane York of Perrysburg, Jacquelyn Love of Groveland and Theresa Adamo of Scottsville; a brother, William McCracken of Lancaster; and four grandchildren.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 75 Center St., Gowanda. Burial will be private.