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Rose M. George, taught English, history in Williamsville schools; June 15, 1922 - Jan. 14, 2011

Rose M. George, whose 35-year teaching career began in one of the region's few remaining one-room schoolhouses, died Friday at the Weinberg Campus in Amherst after a long illness. She was 88.

Born in Tonawanda, Ms. George lived most of her life in Clarence.

Shortly after graduating from Buffalo State Teachers College in the early 1940s, she began her classroom odyssey in a tiny schoolhouse in Clarence Center that was part of the First Supervisory District of Erie County. She also spent a brief time in administration, but her heart was always in the classroom.

Most of her teaching career was spent in the Williamsville School District, where she taught English and American history to students in various grades at a number of schools, including Mill Middle. Ms. George also helped to establish Williamsville High School's first student literary anthology, and she served on committees that helped to shape the district's curriculum.

Ms. George was active in various professional organizations and was honored with a PTA Life Membership Award prior to her retirement in 1977.

Ms. George loved to travel. She visited historical sites throughout the country and journeyed to Italy and Greece. The photographs and other materials that she amassed during her travels were often woven into class lessons.

Her great-niece confided that Ms. George also had a not-so-hidden passion. "This sensible woman loved fast, sporty cars," Christin Young recalled.

She is survived by a brother, William George.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. today in Beach-Tuyn Funeral Home, 5541 Main St., Williamsville.

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