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Mattie C. Anderson, bowling lanes owner March 31, 1919 -- Dec. 19, 2006

Mattie C. Anderson of Cheektowaga, owner and operator of Anderson Lanes, one of the first two black-owned bowling lanes in Buffalo, died Tuesday in Buffalo General Hospital following a short illness. She was 87.

A native of Nettleton, Miss., the former Mattie Griffin was a graduate of Hutchinson Central High School.

From the 1950s until 1963, she worked as a silk finisher for Shupes Dry Cleaners in Snyder. She and her late husband, Maxwell, then opened Anderson Lanes, which they operated until 1985.

She was a founding member of the Buffalo Bowling Senate and received the Mary L. Wilkes award from the National Bowling Association in 1971. She was a member of the American Business Women's Association for more than 30 years. She was also president of the local Frontier chapter and was honored as Woman of the Year in 1974.

Surviving are a daughter, Judith Anderson; two sisters, Mary Griffin and Claudia Taylor and a brother, William Griffin.

A service will be held 11 a.m. Jan. 3 in the Elim Christian Fellowship, 70 Chalmers Ave.

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