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Mary R. Miller, active in Republican Party politics Oct. 1, 1918 -- Oct. 8, 2008

Mary R. Miller, a self-described "household engineer" who was active in Republican Party politics for decades, died Wednesday in Beechwood Nursing Home, Getzville. She was 90.

Born Mary Baish in Sharon, Pa., Mrs. Miller graduated from South Park High School in Buffalo and lived most of her life in this area.

She was active in Republican politics in the Town of Tonawanda, where she was a member of many clubs. She was honored as woman of the year in 1978 by Green Acres Republican Women's Club -- of which she was a charter member and past president.

At the county level, she was a former assistant and vice chairwoman of the Erie County Republican Committee and former president of the Federation of Republican Women of Erie County.

A longtime Republican state committeewoman in the 140th Assembly District, Mrs. Miller was a delegate and member of the platform committee at the 1966 Republican state convention and an honorary delegate to the GOP's 1980 national convention.

She also was active in the community and at St. Amelia's Catholic Church, where she was a parishioner.

Her husband, Donald A., died in 1985.

Survivors include a son, David A.; and three daughters, Diane Creed, Doreen Albee and Denise Klimek.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday in St. Amelia's Church, 2999 Eggert Road, preceded by prayers at 10:15 in Amigone Funeral Home, 2600 Sheridan Drive.


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