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Annie M. Hunter, helped others in community Aug. 5, 1928 -- April 23, 2007

Annie M. Hunter, well known in her East Side neighborhood for helping others through her church and other organizations, died Monday in Erie County Medical Center. She was 78.

Born Annie M. Coley in Goldsboro, N.C., she moved to Lackawanna with her family as a girl and attended Ebenezer Baptist Church.

She was baptized in Open Door Church of God in Christ in Buffalo and later joined Mount Ararat Baptist Church, which later became New Mount Ararat Temple of Prayer.

In 1954, she married Wardell C. Hunter, with whom she raised five children. He died in 1993.

"She was an icon in the community, but she did it quietly," said a daughter, Odessa, who explained that her mother delivered food to those in need and made herself available to many requiring help.

Mrs. Hunter went to work beginning at age 16, according to her daughter, and retired from Howard Johnson's restaurant in the late 1970s after more than 25 years of employment. She then went to work performing housekeeping in the Main Place Towers for a company that eventually came to be owned by Violet Reality. She worked there until recently.

Mrs. Hunter enjoyed cooking, especially her specialties, banana pudding and fried chicken. She also loved spirituals and gospel quartet singing, which she would seek out every Sunday, her daughter said, and she sang as well.

In addition to her daughter Odessa, Mrs. Hunter is survived by two other daughters, Nancy and Millicent, and two sons, Reuel C. and Wardell C. Jr.

Her funeral will be at noon Monday in New Mount Ararat Temple of Prayer, 971 Jefferson Ave.

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