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Shirley Ann Goston, teacher's aide in city schools; Feb. 5, 1949 -- Dec. 21, 2010

Shirley Ann Goston, a retired Buffalo teacher's aide, died Tuesday in her Buffalo home after a lengthy illness. She was 61.

Born Shirley Ann Ransom in Buffalo, she was a 1967 graduate of East High School and studied at Medaille College. She joined the Buffalo schools as a teacher's aide in 1979 and served at various schools for more than 26 years, retiring in 2004 after several years of working with special-education students at Seneca Vocational High School.

Mrs. Goston was a longtime member of St. John Baptist Church.

Surviving are a son, Parish E.; a daughter, Tasha M. Brown; a sister, Dorothy Stevens; an adopted sister, Toni Winfield; her former husband, Thurmon; and two longtime friends, Marie Ziegler and Shirley Green.

Services will be at noon Monday in St. John Baptist Church, 184 Goodell St.

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