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Pauline Williams, designed and sewed clothing for clients

Nov. 3, 1939 -- March 22, 2010

Pauline Williams of Buffalo, who designed clothes for local politicians and community leaders, died Monday in Erie County Medical Center. She was 68.

Born Pauline Smith in Hooper City, Ala., she moved to Buffalo soon after she graduated from high school. Shortly after her arrival in Buffalo, Mrs. Williams was hired to work at Howland Costume Co. on Elmwood Avenue, where she helped to design costumes for the company's clients, including the Radio City Musical Hall Rockettes in New York City.

Mrs. Williams eventually used her talents to go into business for herself. She designed and sewed clothing for clients in Buffalo and Niagara Falls.

"Her label read 'Pauline's Originals,' " said Eva Marie Pressley, Mrs. Williams' niece. "She always had more customers than she had time for."

Pressley said her aunt continued to make outfits until illness forced her to stop about a year ago.

She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Thomas B.; a stepson, Thomas III; two sisters, Earline Dudley and Patsy Ann Lash; and a brother, George R. Smith.

A service will be at noon Monday in Mount Olive Baptist Church, 701 E. Delavan Ave.

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