Mary J. Spears of Buffalo, a retired Erie County Medical Center employee, died Tuesday in Sisters Hospital. She was 78.
Born in Chattanooga, Tenn., she moved to Buffalo in 1963. She worked at ECMC for 20 years, initially in housekeeping, then in laundry. She retired in 1985.
Mrs. Spears was an active member of Bright Morning Star Baptist Church, which she joined in 1963, and enjoyed helping people.
She is survived by seven daughters, Elizabeth Lovely, Delores Green, Shirlene Ware, Arnetta Ford, Linda, Fayeann and Michelle; four sons, Sonny Gant, Alphonzo, Tony and Jon; four sisters, Lucielle Hopson, Betty Evans, Barbara Evans and Evelyn Evans; and a brother, Willie Evans Jr.
Her funeral will be at noon Saturday in Bright Morning Star Church, 292 Glenwood Ave., preceded by a wake at 11 a.m.