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Mary Bayliss Oshei, 90, active community volunteer, pilot Dec. 2, 1919 -- Sept. 23, 2009

Mary Bayliss Oshei, a lifelong Buffalo resident and volunteer, died Tuesday in her home. She was 90.

The daughter of William H. Bayliss, who owned the Bank of Wilson and Dayton Cannery before it was sold to Birds Eye frozen foods, Mrs. Oshei graduated from Buffalo Seminary in 1938 and attended Pine Manor College and National Park College.

Her husband, the late Robert C. Oshei, owned Fibron Products and was a nephew of John R. Oishei, founder of Trico Products.

She was a sustaining member of the Junior League of Buffalo, a member of the Garret Club and a past president of the Buffalo Seminary Graduates Association. She volunteered on the Junior Board of Buffalo General Hospital and was a member of United Methodist Women at Central Park United Methodist Church.

She earned her pilot's license in the 1970s and flew small planes for several years.

Mrs. Oshei also had residences in Bertie Bay, Ont., and Sanibel Island, Fla.

Survivors include a daughter, Mary E.B. "Memo," and two sons, William B. and Robert C.

A memorial service will be at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in Central Park United Methodist Church, 216 Beard Ave.


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