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Gracia Millard Campbell, accomplished equestrian; April 20, 1930 -- Sept. 24, 2011

Gracia Millard Campbell, an accomplished equestrian, died Saturday in her East Aurora home. She was 81.

Born in Buffalo, the granddaughter of Seymour H. Knox I and a descendent of War of 1812 hero Oliver Hazard Perry, Miss Campbell attended the Franklin School in Buffalo and was a 1944 graduate of the Elmwood-Franklin School. She attended Buffalo Seminary and graduated from Miss Porter's School in Farmington, Conn., in 1948. She then attended the Garland School in Boston, Mass.

An award-winning horsewoman, her stable was full of trophies and blue ribbons. She was a member of the East Aurora Hunt as a child and a member of the Genesee Valley Hunt as a young woman and into her late 70s. She also attended the Elridge Herford Hunt in Maryland.

Known for her grace, style and sense of humor, she enjoyed reading, her dogs and the outdoors.

Surviving are four daughters, Gaye E. Campbell-Koncelik, Clarissa L. Vaida, Alexandra F. Secor and Heather B. Byrne; a son, Peter Campbell Flickinger; a sister, Marjorie C.; and a brother, Hazard K.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. today in the chapel at Forest Lawn.

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