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Mary B. Smith-Taylor, retired Amherst bookkeeper June 16, 1920 -- April 21, 2011

Mary B. Smith-Taylor of Amherst, who was active in the church and community, died Thursday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a brief illness. She was 90.

Born Mary B. Mitchell in Lancaster, she graduated from Hutchinson-Central High School in 1939. For many years, she worked as a bookkeeper for the Town of Amherst, retiring in 1992.

Mrs. Smith-Taylor was a founder of St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Cheektowaga, which got its start in the basement of her home. She also taught Sunday school.

A Republican committeewoman for more than 20 years, Mrs. Smith-Taylor collected more than 2 million pop can tabs, which were sold for recycling. The proceeds helped disadvantaged children to attend Camp Good Days & Special Times, which honored her for her charitable work. She also clipped coupons that the American Legion sent to troops overseas and collected canceled stamps to buy Bibles for the Lutheran Society.

An avid billiards player, she also showed and bred American Kennel Club-registered poodles. She was active in the Auxiliary of Tonawandas Post 264, American Legion; the Amherst Senior Center; the DuPont Yerkes Club; and the General Motors Retirees Club.

Her first husband of 30 years, Clifford J. Smith, died in 1976. Her second husband of seven years, Thomas R. Taylor Sr., died in 1987.

Survivors include a daughter, Karen Koonce; a son,

Michael D. Smith; a sister, Rose Brendel; and a brother, Wasil Mycio.

A service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Luke's Church, 900 Maryvale Drive, Cheektowaga.

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