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Mildred L. Woods, 90, longtime foster parent; June 24, 1921 -- Aug. 27, 2011

Mildred L. Woods, a foster parent for more than 15 children, died Saturday in Sisters Hospital after a sudden illness. She was 90.

Born Mildred Willingham in Tuscaloosa, Ala., she graduated from high school there.

From the 1960s until the 1980s, she was a foster parent for more than 15 children with the Erie County Department of Social Services.

Mrs. Woods also was a former member and choir member of Mount Olive Baptist Church in Lackawanna.

Her husband, James, died in 1977.

Surviving is a daughter, Karen T. Graves, and a brother, Avery Suppeth.

A service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in Providence Memorial Chapel, 1275 Sycamore St., preceded by prayers at 9.

[D/WILLIAMS]

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